Students spend a large portion of the school day listening. They listen to announcements, to classroom instruction, to peers and to various school personnel. Students with good listening skills are generally more successful than their peers who are passive listeners. All students, however, can be taught to be better listeners. They are better equipped to access their prior knowledge, which allows them to make connections with new information. This portion of the lesson is to prepare for later listening in the Procedure section.
Children come meet me on the rug as we gather together to listen to the story, The Gingerbread House. Today the story that I am sharing is very short, but requires a good listening ear. To prepare for our listening activity later, we are going to practice finding rhymes, just like we have done on several occasions before. You will need to listen carefully to each page to find the pairs of rhyming words. As we listen to the story, I will give you a focus word: sweet. Your job is to find the word that rhymes as I reread the story. For each page of the story, we will compile the rhyming pairs, and I will list them on the board.
For this section of work, the children will need to be given some ground rules and specific directions with the areas that you would like them to color. Explain to the children that they will be doing a special type of project called a glyph. Glyphs are fun to do because although everyone is following the same directions, each child's picture will turn out a bit different. I start by handing out the Gingerbread House Glyph worksheet and then pointing out aspects of the picture: lollipops, shutters, window boxes, roof, etc...
Now that you have "warmed your ears up" to listening, we are going to do a special type of project called a glyph. Even though each of you will have the same paper to begin with, as you listen to the directions, your pictures will take on more of who you are. Take a look at the worksheet that I have given to you. Let's see what sort of pictures we will color--put your finger on the roof. Put your finger on the window boxes. Put your finger on the shutters. Put your finger on the lollipops. We will start there. Color the lollipops blue if you are a boy or pink if you are a girl. See where I am pointing? Be sure to color everything neatly.
When you are ready to go on to the next direction, put one hand on your head. That will be my signal that it is time to move on.
I assess this assignment by looking at the quality of the work, the following of the colors that were directed for the particular part of the gingerbread house, and by completeness of the project.
I can see how well you listened by the colors that you chose to use on each part of the picture. Listening carefully while you are in school is important because there are many things you will learn just by listening. You will be able to concentrate and memorize more when your focus is on listening and not talking.