Active Listening - 3

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Teachers

Definition: Active listening shows people you are interested and are paying attention to what they have to say. Active listening helps you understand what is being said. Active listening can be achieved by using whole body listening.

Discussion Points

  • Active listening is important when you are in class.
  • As a friend, active listening shows those you care about you want to hear what they have to say.
  • You use active listening at home when you are listening to your family share about their day.

Questions

  • What are some behaviors that indicate someone is listening actively?
  • Why is active listening important?
  • How does whole body listening help you?

Discuss with students what active listening is and why it is important. Review the discussion point questions.


Possible activities to review the discussion point:

Reciprocal Questioning:

  • Share Discussion Points with students.
  • Divide students into pairs or small groups.
  • Have the pairs/groups develop questions using to ask other pair/groups about the discussion points.
  • Provide “anchor questions” (What is active listening? Why is active listening important? ).
  • Once pairs/groups have questions written, bring the students together and lead discussion using their questions.

SEL Categories Activity:

  • Ask students to create a list of words associated with the topic (2-5 minutes)
  • Once time is up, ask each student to share a word or thought from their list.
  • Others must cross that word or thought off their list.
  • Continue process until all words or thoughts have been listed.

Activity 1: What is Active Listening?

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. Discuss answers when finished.

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

Activity 2: Why Active Listening?

Discuss with students why active listening is important. Record answers on the board. Review situations when active listening is important.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

Activity 3: Personal Narrative

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. Seek volunteers to share answers when finished.

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

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the problem. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • Identify the skills needed for active listening, practice utilizing active listening
  • Materials Needed:
    • White board/chalk Board or Chart Paper
    • Markers
    • Script sheet for each group
    • Pencil for each student

    Script Writing Practice: Teacher led discussion of script creation. As a whole/small group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate versions of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts using the prompts above.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct students to take turns being character one and character two.

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

    Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, parts of a story; character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

    Lesson Review

    Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.

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

    Students

    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: Answer the question below.

    Individually or as a group, develop a list of behaviors that demonstrate active listening. (Ex. making eye contact)

    Student Activity Sheet B

    Directions: Share about a time you struggled to show active listening. What did you do to help you regain focus?

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Answer the question below.

    Why is active listening important?