Active Listening -1

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Teachers

Definition: Active listening shows others you care and are paying attention to what they are saying. Active listening helps you know and understand what is being said. Active listening can be achieved by using whole body listening.

Discussion Points

  • You use active listening when you are sitting quietly in class and paying attention to what your teacher is saying.
  • You use active listening when you are talking with your friends and you are focused on what they are saying.
  • You use active listening at home when you are listening to your family share about their day.

    Questions

  • What is active listening?
  • Why is active listening important?
  • How does whole body listening help you?

Discuss with students what it means to make new friends and what a good friend is. Review the discussion point questions.


    Possible activities to review the discussion point:

  • The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
  • Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a post-it note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right they may put their teams marker (x or o) on the grid.

Activity 1: Modeling

Start by asking for a volunteer to share on a given topic. (Ex. what they did at recess, what they did over the weekend) Pay close attention to what the student is saying; making good eye contact, not interrupting, and standing or sitting still. Ask appropriate questions. Allow a second student to share but this time walk around the room, interrupt, and turn your back to the student. Ask students which time demonstrated active listening.

Allow a second student to share but this time walk around the room, interrupt, and turn your back to the student. Ask students which time demonstrated active listening. Allow the students to share how they felt when you were and were not using active listening.

Develop a list of situations when active listening is important. (Ex. when the teacher is talking). Record answers on the board.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

Activity 2: What Is Active Listening

What is active listening?

(Using a Mr. Potato Head is a great way to visually present whole body listening.)

When you are using active listening, you are listening with your whole body.

  1. You stop what you are doing, and your body is still (stand like a statue)
  2. Your ears are listening to the speaker (point to ears)
  3. Your eyes are watching the speaker (point to eyes)
  4. Your mouth is quiet (pinch lips closed)
  5. Listen with your heart (point to heart)

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A individual, with a partner, or in a small group. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Pencil - 1 per person or group

Activity 3: Game Time!

Practice listening carefully to others by playing one Simon Says.

Materials Needed:
  • None

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on student activity sheet A.

After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Example script of demonstrating active listening appropriately:
Dr. Sally: Tori, will you please share with me about your book you read.
Tori: (Looking directly at Dr. Sally and standing still) Sure, it is about a boy who wanted a new puppy and got one for Christmas.
Dr. Sally: (Looking directly at Tori and standing still) That sounds like a really good book.

If time allows, students may partner together and role play the script.

Script Writing and Animation

In small groups, have the students create scripts using eye contact appropriately (looking at the conversation partner) and inappropriately (by not looking at the conversation partner). Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Example script of demonstrating active listening appropriately:
Dr. Sally: Tori, will you please share with me about your book you read.
Tori: (Looking directly at Dr. Sally and standing still) Sure, it is about a boy who wanted a new puppy and got one for Christmas.
Dr. Sally: (Looking directly at Tori and standing still) That sounds like a really good book.

Example script of not demonstrating active listening appropriately:
Dr. Sally: Tori, will you please share with me about your book you read.
Tori: (Back towards Dr. Sally, moving around) Sure, it is about a boy who wanted a new puppy and got one for Christmas.
Dr. Sally: (Back towards Tori, walking away) That sounds like a really good book.

Have students record their scripts using SiLAS software for social skills. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • A pencil for each student

Read Aloud Recommendations:

Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

  • Listen Buddy by Helen Lester
  • Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkow
  • Why Should I Listen? by Claire Llewellyn

Students

Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Select the best answer.

1. You demonstrate active listening with your whole body.

2. My brain cannot grow.Your eyes are listening to the speaker.

3. Active listening shows you care.

4. Your body is still when you demonstrate active listening.

5. Your ears are looking at the speaker when you demonstrate active listening.