Learning Goal

Students will learn how to listen actively.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Explain the five steps of active listening
  • Practice listening with a peer

Learning Summary

Research shows that people who have been taught to listen are better at it.

This lesson starts with a mindful listening activity: listen to the sound of a bell/chime for as long as possible. Students then share reasons why listening might be challenging for them. The story then follows Munchy and Jumpy as they mistakenly disrupt a family of beavers after not listening closely. After the story, students learn five helpful steps to active listening, followed by an activity in which students sit back-to-back and practice their listening skills by guiding their peer to draw a picture. Students end by drawing themselves actively listening to a friend.

CASEL Competencies

Self-management: The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.

Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

Classroom Teaching Example