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Meadow Hill Fireworks! Igniting Confidence in Girls: Lesson 5 Effective and Positive Communication


On 6 March, the Fireworks! team returned to Meadow Hill Elementary School (MHS) to facilitate a lesson on effective and positive communication. Having the largest group of participants to date, the 4th and 5th grade girls came together to participate in this interactive and thought-provoking lesson.  After the girls arrived, the Fireworks! team led the MHS students through the opening icebreaker where, in teams of 2, the girls described a picture using only words until her partner could correctly guess the object. This was the first introduction to the importance of effective communication for the lesson. After, the girls broke off into 4 small groups, led by cadets and officers from the Fireworks! team. Scaffolding what effective communication looks like and why it is important, the final discussion led them to making lists of tips and tools they can use in the future. The final activity was a take-home craft in the form of a communication wheel, containing 6 sections for the girls to put their favorite tips and take-aways for communication.

Story and photos provided by Melissa A. Czarnogursky, CDT, USCC and Dr. Marie Schor, teacher at Meadow Hill School. 


TEACHERS: Are you and your students doing something great? Please contact your Communication Strategist. We’d love to attend or post your pictures and recap to highlight the amazing accomplishments throughout our district! Grades PreK-5 Amanda McDowell (amcdowell@necsd.net) and Grades 6-12 Cassie Sklarz (csklarz@necsd.net).



Girls from MHS worked to find new ways to communicate common objects to a partner for the icebreaker activity.
Small group discussions prompted the girls to think about skills and characteristics they valued in communication.
The girls reflected on and shared personal experiences with cadets about when communication worked and failed.
Group photo from the lesson, including 4th and 5th grade girls from MHS and the West Point Fireworks! team.




Date: 2019-03-18 09:22:37





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