Keeping In Touch

3rd Grade Oral Language Resources

Content Objectives

Students will:

• Learn about the concept of keeping in touch.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about different ways of communicating with others.
• Explore and apply the concept of keeping in touch with family and friends.

Language Objectives

Students will:

• Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of keeping in touch.
• Orally use words that identify different methods of communication and the different people with whom it is important to keep in touch.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about personal experience with keeping in touch.
• Use key concept words ["keeping in touch", letter, telephone, email].



• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about keeping in touch:
• What it means to keep in touch.
• Different methods of communicating with somebody who is far away.
• The kinds of people with whom students might want to keep in touch.
• Why it is important to keep in touch.


• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What are these children doing? (writing a letter, talking on the telephone, using a computer/email). With whom might these children be trying to communicate? (Family members, friends).
• Ask students: Why do you call, write, or email people you know? (to say hello, to tell them news, to find out how they are).
• Say: When you talk to a friend or family member who lives far away from you, you are keeping in touch. Who are some of the people with whom you keep in touch? (parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, old friends, teachers from previous grades, etc.).

Guided Practice

• Guide students through the next four slides, showing them that there are several good ways to keep in touch with friends and family. Always have the students describe their favorite way to keep in touch.


• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to talk the different ways that they keep in touch with others. After the second game, have them discuss the kinds of things they might write in a letter to a friend to tell about themselves.


• Ask students: If you had a pen pal that didn't speak your language, how would you tell him or her about your life?
• Summarize for students that "keeping in touch" means to keep in contact with someone. Some ways to keep in touch is by writing a letter, making a phone call, or sending an e• mail. Encourage them to think about things they might send to their pen pal that would tell something about themselves.