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Listening Lesson Plan

Listen for Specific Information

Teacher: Keri Slade
Date of Presentation: November 5, 1996






An important part of listening is listening for specific information (the things you need to know to do). That's what we'll be practicing in today's lesson.


For example, if I ask you to find a specific number, what do you need to listen for in my directions? (Which number.) Look at this picture (Numbers in Love). Where is the number eight? Number four? What if I make the directions trickier? T reads: "Start at the top and follow me down the steps to number three." What number should you find? (Number three.) Where is the number three? What number is above the number three?

Activity #1:

Split class into small groups (as many as 5). Pass out picture cards to each group. T reads in non-numerical order. Ss listen for which number to find, then choose the appropriate picture. T chooses a group (i.e. fastest group to hold up correct card) to explain which card is correct and why. Eventually switch and have Ss read the directions; groups continue to play.

Now that we've practiced listening for numbers, we'll practice listening for truth. I will read three sentences. One of the sentences is true. The other two are lies (they are not true). Choose which sentence is true by raising your hand high when you hear it. The group who chooses the true sentence first wins. (May be played for points if appropriate.)

Activity #2:

T gives example:
1. Apples are blue.
2. Oranges are pink.
3.Bananas are yellow.

Ss respond by raising hands. T reinforces and repeats correct answer.

Now we'll play for real.
1. Candy is sweet.
2. Ice cream is salty.
3. Chocolate is sour.

1. Spaghetti is for drinking.
2. A pillow is for driving.
3. Books are for reading.

1. The number 4 is more than 5.
2. The number 6 is less than 10.
3. The number 2 is the same as 3.

1. Birds can dance.
2. Birds can fly.
3. Birds can drive a car.

Eventually hand out 3+ index cards and have students create (write) their own lies--and truth! Ss should write 1 truth and 2 lies each. Switch and let Ss read from their cards: continue to play in groups.


T monitors Ss' responses throughout the two activities in an on-going, informal manner. Ss should respond with 90% accuracy.

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