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Ever Heard of

Why is public speaking
-affects social emotional wellbeing

-can be socially debilitating if lacking skills

-ability to advocate for oneself

-affects potential job opportunities

instilling Early Public Speaking
Skills in Students

By: Mackenzie Kennedy, Alex McDonald, and

Shayna Wood
A few Quick Questions...
Who here genuinely enjoys public speaking?

Why do you enjoy it?

Why do you think others dont enjoy it or feel nervous about it?

For those that dont enjoy public speaking?

Do you agree with this reasoning?

Why or why not?

The Strategy
Make public speaking fun and engaging
through games and by forming a
comfortable and supportive classroom
The Research...
There is prominent research supporting the use of games to encourage public

This research emphasizes the importance of creating a fun and supportive


Games allow students to forget the public pressure of saying the right thing
and let students enjoy the moment
Janet S. Boyce , Sheila R. Alber-Morgan & Jeanetta G. Riley (2007) Fearless Public Speaking, Childhood Education, 83:3, 142-150, DOI:
Activity #1
Would you rather

Grade Suitability: K-12 (questions can be

adjusted as needed)

Description: Students pull a number from a jar

being passed around the room. The number they
pull corresponds to a would you rather question
on a handout. When the student pulls their
number, the teacher will say the question. After
students answer the question their name can be
marked off the attendance sheet.
Activity #2

The Weather Report

Grade Suitability: K-3


Description: a Special helper is chosen to wear the weather umbrella for this activity. The
student selects the image to add to the umbrella that best represents the weather. They then
complete a Weather worksheet with the class input, while reporting the weather to the
Activity #3
Read a book and adapt into a play/puppet show

Grade suitability: K-7

Description: Introduce the dramatic play activity where students will work
with the concept of story setting and narrative structure. Kids can create puppets
for the main characters and draw their own setting as the background to their play.
More advanced students will write their own scripts. This activity keeps kids from
feeling as though they have been put on the spot. Students complete this activity
as a group. Because they can choose to perform behind a puppet theatre rather
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than performing a play, no one will feel as though they are being forced into the
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Activity #4
Story-Telling Activity

Grade suitability: 5-12

Description: In this activity, students will start with a writing prompt and
symbol at their desk. When the music starts, they will use the prompt to start
writing a story. When the music pauses, the students will move to the chair on
their left and continue

the story started by the previous student. When the song is over, choose a
symbol randomly from a hat. Whichever student has the matching symbol will
read out the story in front of them. Eg. Once upon a time, there lived a
garden gnome. His name was
Activity #5

Organized Show-and-Tell with prompts who,

what, where, why, when?

Grade Suitability: K-3

Description: other students take turns wearing paper hats that

read each prompt (who, what, where, why, when). Speakers
acknowledge each student one at a time, and their peers ask
questions based on their prompts: Who gave that to you? Why did
you bring it? Where did you get it? When did you get it? What is it?
This way, kids are encouraged to say more about their objects while
they present.

Ali, N., & Nagar, R. (2013). To study the effectiveness of occupational therapy intervention in the
management of fear of public speaking in school going children aged between 12-17 years. Indian Journal
Of Occupational Therapy, 45(3), 21-25.

Janet S. Boyce , Sheila R. Alber-Morgan & Jeanetta G. Riley (2007) Fearless Public Speaking, Childhood
Education, 83:3, 142-150, DOI: 10.1080/00094056.2007.10522899