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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Listening Activity

This activity is good not only to teach listening and comprehension of language, but also to gauge their ability to follow through with detailed, multi-step directions. Give each child a piece of paper and some crayons or markers. Describe an object that you have drawn on your own paper. Be very detailed using describing words such as color, shape, size, and various parts of the object. It can be an animal if you are studying animals or whatever fits with your theme. Give the children plenty of time to complete their work and then show them your drawing and see how close they came. An extension you can do is allow a child to describe a drawing of their own and see if the others can draw it. Also if its an object that you can actually bring into the classroom or observe outside, let the children see it or a similar object and give them a chance to describe it. Encourage them to use words that they may not use on a regular basis. For the older children, have them write some of the words they come up with.