Part of Lesson Plan: Hold Please!
Activity Overview / Details
Have telephone message on overhead as students enter classroom.
Have a preprinted index card (blank side up) and a sample message pad on the students desks as they enter the room.
Instruct the students to place their cells phones on the desk and turn them to vibrate. Many of the students will start asking "What are we doing?" or "Are you going to confiscate our phones?"
(This lesson may require prior approval from the adminstration and parents as cell phone use during class time is often against school policy). If students can not use their cell phones you may use toy phones and have the student write their name on the index card instead of the phone number.
Have the student write their cell numbers on their index card without turning the card over. (Students who do not have cell phones may assist a partner by recording information that will be shared later).
The opposite side of the index card will have a prerecorded script that the CALLER will use when calling the cell number on the card. (Depending on the size of the class, some cards may be blank, however the student should not turn their cards over so they will not know if they have a script).
Scripts should be color coded to correspond to a specific component of the phone message. See Seymour Money.doc. or \\oh-p4\$teacher\ROY\My Documents\Telephone_Etiquette.pptx.pptx.
Have one index card a different color than all the rest...place the script that has a complete call detailed on this card to use as your assessment piece.
Collect all the index cards and reshuffle them so that no student has their own phone number.
Have the student turn their cards over to see if they have a script, these student will make their calls when their part of the phone message is being discussed. (If the powerpoint is used instead of the overhead the phone icon will ring when it is clicked.)