What Does Listening Mean to You?

If someone talked to you for a full minute, what would you hear? Middle schoolers evaluate their own listening skills with a collaborative activity that incorporates discussing, writing, and guided instruction about active listening.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Print and display the linked concept posters in the classroom
  • Use the quotes from the lesson as journal prompts for class members when they walk into the room
  • Pair pupils up with people they may not know as well, possibly on the first day of school
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed for seventh graders, but applicable to older or younger classes as well
  • Builds upon previous lessons in the four-part unit
  • Requires a free account
Pros

  • Home activity brings parents into the lesson, sparking an important conversation with their children
  • Helpful for learners on the autism spectrum and mainstream classes alike
Cons

  • None
Common Core