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Verbal and Nonverbal Communication Sorting Activity

  • Updated

    Updated:  07 Aug 2023

Use this sorting activity with your First Grade and Second Grade students to practice differentiating between verbal and nonverbal communication methods.

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    Editable:  Google Slides

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    Non-Editable:  PDF

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    Pages:  1 Page

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    Grade:  1

teaching resource

Verbal and Nonverbal Communication Sorting Activity

  • Updated

    Updated:  07 Aug 2023

Use this sorting activity with your First Grade and Second Grade students to practice differentiating between verbal and nonverbal communication methods.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Grade

    Grade:  1

Use this sorting activity with your First Grade and Second Grade students to practice differentiating between verbal and nonverbal communication methods.

Let’s Sort it Out: Verbal or Nonverbal Communication?

Take your students’ social emotional learning to a new level by sharing this easy, fun and active communication sorting game! 

To play, students will:

  • Sort the cards based on whether they show an example of verbal or nonverbal communication. 
  • Complete the Student Recording Sheet.
  • Check their work with the Answer Key.

This download includes two heading cards, 24 cards, a student recording sheet, and an answer key. 

Through this activity, students will learn the difference between verbal and nonverbal communication techniques, and scenarios where they are appropriate to employ. 

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your health lessons! In addition to individual student work time, use this game to enhance learning as a lesson warm up, or as a small group activity. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by providing access to this handy anchor chart which helps them to understand the differences in communication types.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Set a challenge for students needing extension by editing the cards in Google Slides to create more complex scenarios for them to decide are verbal or nonverbal!

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource.

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 


This resource was created by Lorin Davies, a teacher in Texas and Teach Starter collaborator. 

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