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Speech Topics to Meet Oral Communication Standards

Quick Ideas for Impromptu Oral Presentations


Girl (6-8) standing at blackboard, giving presentation in class
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Use this collection of Speech Topics as part of an impromptu oral presentations activity. Put all of the topics on slips of paper and have your students pick out of a hat.

You can either give your students a few minutes to prepare what they will say, or keep it truly impromptu and have the children present without any written notes.

  • You are an ant. Convince an anteater to not eat you.

  • Explain three different ways to eat an Oreo cookie.

  • Tell us about a nickname you have and how you got it.

  • Convince us to vote for you as president of the USA.

  • Explain three uses for a pencil besides for writing.

  • Read us a letter you might write home when you are staying at a circus training summer camp.

  • Tell us about your summer plans.

  • Convince us that homework is harmful to your health.

  • Tell us about your favorite pet and why it should win the Greatest Pet Ever award.

  • If you were an animal, what would you be?

  • You are a salesperson trying to sell us the shirt you have on.

  • Explain how a smart person might not be wise.

  • If you were the teacher, how would our class be different?

  • Tell us about the hardest thing you have ever done.

  • You are a mad scientist. Tell us about your latest invention.

  • You are a famous sports player. Describe your best moment of a game.

  • You are a famous rock star. Explain what the lyrics of your latest hit song mean.

  • Tell us about the best job.

  • Explain the benefits of drinking milk.

  • Tell us how to become a millionaire.

  • Tell us about the best dream you've ever had.

  • Create a myth that explains why pelicans have large beaks.

  • Tell us how to make a new friend.

  • Tell us about the most fun recess activity.

  • Tell us about your favorite holiday.

  • Tell us how to make your favorite meal.

  • Explain which came first: the chicken or the egg.

  • Explain the rules to your favorite game.

  • If everything in the world had to change to the same color, what color would you choose and why?

  • Explain how you would use a hat to catch butterflies. Be sure to
  • identify the type of hat that is required.

  • You are a piece of paper. Describe how we should use you before you get recycled.

  • Explain how to make a pizza.

  • Explain four uses for a drinking glass other than for holding a liquid.

  • Convince our principal to give students their birthdays off of school.

  • Describe how you would modify a snail so it can go faster.

  • Explain the best way to teach an old dog a new trick.

  • Describe the life cycle of a frog or butterfly.

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