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48 Giving Oral Reports


Giving Oral Reports Opening Page

Start-Up Activity

Ask students to scan the classroom for an object that they could name, describe, and show to their classmates. Pick a number of volunteers to give a brief show and tell presentation about their objects. Encourage the volunteers to speak loudly and clearly. Tell the audience to listen carefully and respectfully. After a number of presentations, explain that the subject of this chapter—giving an oral presentation—involves a lot of showing and telling. Then read through the chapter-opening page.

Think About It

“The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives.”

—Lilly Walters


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Planning and Giving Your Report

Help students come up with topics for their oral reports. Recommend that they choose topics that they know a lot about and really like. Here are some ideas:

  • Tell about a favorite animal or planet
  • Show how to do something
  • Describe a favorite sport or play
  • Show off a collection
  • Explore facts about another country

After students choose their topics, review the tips for planning a report. Help them gather many details about their topics as well as prepare visuals such as objects, charts, or graphics. Have students write down favorite details on note cards so they don't forget them. Then recommend that students work on the organization of their reports, following the tips on this page. 

Before they give their reports, review the speaking tips at the bottom of the page. Note that it is normal to feel "the jitters" when speaking in front of people. Encourage students to practice their reports in front of family members. This will help them feel more comfortable.


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