Active Listening -1
- 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.
Discuss with students what active listening means and why it is important. Have students use real-life examples.
- Pair-Share: Each student partners with another student and shares 3 to 5 facts about themselves (one student at a time). The other student then verbally recalls/repeats the facts back.
- Develop a list of situations when active listening is important. (Ex. when the teacher is talking). Record answers on the board. Situations can be in school, during virtual learning sessions or out of school (such as the park, playground, ball field, grocery store,etc.).
- Active listening leads to active learning rather than passive learning.
Possible activities to review the discussion point:
- Option 1: Print the Student Activity Sheet for each student. Complete the lesson as a group and assign the activity sheet to the students.
- Option 2: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and post to your Learning Management System (if your school has one) or send the link to the student. The student may complete the activity sheet electronically within the classroom on a shared computer or device.
- Option 3: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and send the link to the student. The student may access the link from a home computer, chromebook, iPad or other device.
Start by asking for a student 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 of the student that shared to show you were listening.
- Chart paper or Interactive Board
Allow a second student to share but this time walk around the room, interrupt, and turn your back to the student. Ask students which situation demonstrated active listening. Allow the students to share how they felt when you were and were not using active listening. Record student responses in chart paper or the board.
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.
- Mr. Potato Head
- Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student, pair of students or small group
- Pencil - 1 per person or group
- You stop what you are doing, and your body is still (stand like a statue)
- Your ears are listening to the speaker (point to ears)
- Your eyes are watching the speaker (point to eyes)
- Your mouth is quiet (pinch lips closed)
- Listen with your heart (point to heart)
Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet A individually, with a partner, or in a small group. Discuss answers when finished.
Directions: Directions: Check or Circle Yes if the statement is showing active listening. Check or Circle No if the statement is not showing active listening.
Practice listening carefully to others by playing one Simon Says.
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. AReplay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on Student Activity Sheet B.
- Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
- Pencil for each student
After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.
If time allows, students may partner together and role play the script.
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 , Helen Lester
- Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen , Howard Binkow
- Why Should I Listen?, Claire Llewellyn
Directions: Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.
In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating how to use active listening. Use the script sheet to assist the groups in creating scripts.
- Script sheet for each group
- Pencil for each student
Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remind students to name and save their recordings. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.
Ideas for modifying this activity based on your students’ needs:
- create a script as a class
- pair or group students so that skill levels are varied and assign each a role or task that uses their skill
- create the script by recording the dialog with a phone or other recording device.
Review the key points from all previous activities and discussions with the students. Allow students to complete the Student Topic Checkout. Discuss answers as a group when finished.
- Student Topic Checkout - 1 per student
- A pencil for each student
Directions: Select the best answer.