Overview: This session teaches students that listening is an active choice that involves both their body and their brain. By differentiating between hearing and listening, students identify the positive consequences that good listening brings. Older students also learn to use reflective listening skills to clarify information, model good friendship, and prevent conflict.

Objectives: In this session, students will:

  1. Define listening as a critical component of peaceful communication
  2. Identify good listening skills
  3. Discuss the consequences of good listening vs. not listening
  4. Practice modeling good listening
  5. Practice peacefully responding to enhance understanding (Grades 4-8)

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Detailed Lesson Plans
(Click appropriate grade-level)

pre-K          K-1          2-3          4-6          6-8

Recommended Books
(click title for complete Literature Guide) 

Title and Author  pre-K K-1 2-3 4-6 6-8
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkow x x      
Listen Buddy by Helen Lester x    
Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka     x x x
The Prince Who Wrote a Letter by Ann Love        x


Reinforcing Activities
(Click Activity title for detailed instructions)

 Activity Title pre-K K-1 2-3 4-6 6-8
You Be The Judge x x      
Simon Says (pre-K - 1 version) x x      
Listening Song x x x    
Simon Says (2 - 8 version)     x x x
Back-to-Back Drawings     x x x
Who Do You Listen To?    
ABC - 123       x x


Classroom Poster and Printable Worksheets
(Click appropriate files for visual aids and worksheets to supplement your lesson)

Classroom Poster          Primary Worksheet          Intermediate Worksheet