2nd Grade - Purposes Of Listening

 
     
 
     
 
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2nd
Listening and Speaking
Purposes of listening
Determine the purpose or purposes of listening (e.g., to obtain information, to solve problems, for enjoyment).
Decide the purpose or purposes for listening. Use strategies to help listen for information that is needed.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What are the purposes for listening? (to obtain information, to solve problems, and for enjoyment)

(2)

What can you ask yourself to help find the purpose for listening? (Why am I listening to this material? What is my purpose?)

(3)

What are some strategies that can be used to be a good listener? (don’t talk while other people are talking, focus your attention on the speaker, save or write down questions and ask at the end)

(4)

True or false - Ears are the only part of the body that can be used when listening. (False; Although ears are the main part of the body used for listening, other parts of the body are considered helpers so that speakers can identify those people who are listening. Your head should be turned towards the speaker, eyes should maintain eye contact, hands, feet, and mouth should be silent when listening.)

(5)

What is a good way to know that you understand what you listened to? (you are able to ask questions related to the topic or you are able to repeat back/summarize the information you listened to)

Learning Tips

(1)

There are many different purposes for reading. Some of these purposes include listening to obtain information, to solve problems, and for enjoyment. Make sure your child states the purpose for listening before he/she begins to focus on the speaker. Have your child answer questions such as: “Why am I listening to this material?” and “What is my purpose?” These questions will help your child answer their purpose for listening to certain material.

(2)

It is important to teach your child that although when we think of listening, we think of using our ears. It is important for your child to understand that it takes the entire body to be a great listener. Your child can practice this by taking control of various parts of the body. Let your child know that his/her entire body should be very still. The head should be facing toward that of the speaker and eyes should be focused upon the speaker. Hands and feet should be still. While the ears are the main part of the body that we listen with, our other parts are very important as well. Practice having your child sit in his/her listening position by playing a freeze game. When you are quiet, let your child move around. As you start to speak, count down from 3 to 1. When you get to the number one, your child should be in their listening position. Have your child hold his/her listening position until you say “done”. Then allow your child to move around. Continue practicing allowing your child to hold longer times as you go.

(3)

It is very important that your child learn to use strategies to help become a better listener. Remind your child to not talk and focus their attention on the speaker when listening. This may seem very obvious; however, at times children have trouble remembering this. Have your child make good eye contact with the speaker or nod their head, this will allow the speaker to see that he/she is interested and is listening and will become more connected with your child. Children often have questions that arise when listening to directions or a speech. Have your child write their question(s) on a piece of writing paper, so that it can be asked at a later time when it is more appropriate. Children who often focus on their own questions forget to pay attention to what the speaker is actually saying. Remind your child that their question may even be answered later on by the speaker. If not, your child will be able to ask his/her questions during a questions and answer period or at the end of the presentation.

(4)

A good way to see if your child has understood what he/she has just heard or listened to is to ask your child to repeat back the main ideas. Your child does not have to repeat word for word, but may paraphrase (to restate information given in another form) key points about the directions or speech.

(5)

To help your child better understand listening for directions; remind them to listen entirely as each direction is given before asking questions. Often times when children want to ask a question, that is mainly what they are thinking about and their mind has wondered from the purpose of listening. Therefore, encourage your child to save questions until the end. After you have given a set of directions, (At the end of second grade, children should be able to follow three- and four-step directions.) have your child repeat the steps back to you in the order given. If you find your child is having a hard time remembering, clap out each step as you say them. This way your child can hear a beat with each step. Have your child clap out the directions with you and encourage your child to clap out the directions as they are completed. Remember to practice having your child follow given directions. Have him/her start by listening to two-step directions and then build upon that.

Extra Help Problems

(1)


What are the purposes for listening?

(2)

What question can you ask yourself to help find the purpose

for listening?

(3)

Name two strategies that can be used to be a good listener.

1.) ____________________________________________

2.) ____________________________________________


(4)

Write true or false on the line below. Ears are the only part of

the body that can be used when listening. ________________


(5)

Name a good way to know that you understand what you

listened to. _____________________________________


(6)

Have someone read the directions listed below. Use the directions to answer questions 6-9.


Making a Peanut Butter Sandwich


Step 1) Take out two pieces of bread.

Step 2) On one piece of bread spread the peanut butter.

Step 3) Put the two pieces of bread together with the peanut

butter on the inside.

Step 4) Enjoy!


What is the first step that must be done when making a peanut butter sandwich? _____________________________________

___________________________________________________


(7)

Circle the letter that best answers the question.


What should be done after you put the peanut butter on one of the pieces of bread?


  1. Take out two pieces of bread.

  2. Wash the dishes.

  3. Put the two pieces of bread together with the peanut butter on the inside.


(8)

Circle the letter that best answers the question.

What was the title of the recipe that was read?


  1. Making a Jelly Sandwich

  2. Making a Peanut Butter Sandwich

  3. Making a Ham and Cheese Sandwich


(9)


Listen to the directions below as they are read to you. Clap them out and repeat them back to the reader.


  1. Get a snack.

  2. Put on your pajamas.

  3. Brush your teeth.

  4. Pick out a bedtime story.


(10)

Listen to the riddle as it is read? Write the answer to the riddle on the line below.


What boats can you always buy at a reduced price?


Answer: _____________________________

(11)

Listen to the riddle as it is read? Write the answer to the riddle on the line below.


John is standing next to Lily. Matthew is at the end of the line. Frank is between two people. Show an example of one way that all four people can be standing in line.


Answer: _____________________________


(12)

Listen to the directions carefully. Fill in the missing letters.


A N B U _ K L P _ W _


  1. The ninth letter is the letter T.

  2. The last letter is the letter Q.

  3. The fifth letter is the letter V.


(13)

Listening for Enjoyment - Listen to the story as it is read to you.

Than answer questions 13-15.


Tina’s New Sister


Tina was having a very bad day. Her dad had taken her mom to the hospital earlier that day because Tina was about to have a brand new baby sister. Tina was with her grandma on the way to the hospital. She did not want to be there. Today was supposed to be her day. Her parents had promised to take her to the zoo to see all of the animals and now Tina wasn’t able to go. She wondered why her sister just had to come today. Her day was ruined. Tina sulked as she climbed the big stairs to her mom’s hospital room. As she walked in the room, Tina noticed that everyone was crowded around the new baby. Tina was angry. She thought that no one would pay attention to her anymore. As she walked towards her parents, they were so excited to see her. Tina’s dad picked her up and gave her the biggest hug ever. Next, he introduced Tina to her new baby sister. As Tine looked at the new baby, the baby gave her the biggest smile she had ever seen. Tina’s parents apologized about missing the zoo and promised that they would take her soon. Tina thought that maybe today wasn’t such a bad day after all. Now she would have an extra friend to join her on the adventure to the zoo!


Tell what you liked about the story.__________________________

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(14)

Tell what you didn’t like about the story.______________________

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(15)

How did the story make you feel after reading it? ______________

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(16)

Reading for Literary Experience - Read questions 16-18 below. Then listen as the story Tina’s New Sister is read to you. After listening to the story, go back and answer the comprehension questions.


Why was Tina having a bad day? __________________________

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(17)

Who took Tina to the hospital? _____________________________

(18)

How did Tina feel at the end of the story? ____________________


  1. Tina was happy to have a new sister.

  2. Tine was mad at her new sister.

  3. Tina was sad that she didn’t get to see her parents.


Tina’s New Sister


Tina was having a very bad day. Her dad had taken her mom to the hospital earlier that day because Tina was about to have a brand new baby sister. Tina was with her grandma on the way to the hospital. She did not want to be there. Today was supposed to be her day. Her parents had promised to take her to the zoo to see all of the animals and now Tina wasn’t able to go. She wondered why her sister just had to come today. Her day was ruined. Tina sulked as she climbed the big stairs to her mom’s hospital room. As she walked in the room, Tina noticed that everyone was crowded around the new baby. Tina was angry. She thought that no one would pay attention to her anymore. As she walked towards her parents, they were so excited to see her. Tina’s dad picked her up and gave her the biggest hug ever. Next, he introduced Tina to her new baby sister. As Tine looked at the new baby, the baby gave her the biggest smile she had ever seen. Tina’s parents apologized about missing the zoo and promised that they would take her soon. Tina thought that maybe today wasn’t such a bad day after all. Now she would have an extra friend to join her on the adventure to the zoo!

(19)

Read the question below. Listen to the story Tina’s New Sister as it is read to you. Use the story to answer the question.


What is the main idea of the story? _________________________

______________________________________________________


Tina’s New Sister


Tina was having a very bad day. Her dad had taken her mom to the hospital earlier that day because Tina was about to have a brand new baby sister. Tina was with her grandma on the way to the hospital. She did not want to be there. Today was supposed to be her day. Her parents had promised to take her to the zoo to see all of the animals and now Tina wasn’t able to go. She wondered why her sister just had to come today. Her day was ruined. Tina sulked as she climbed the big stairs to her mom’s hospital room. As she walked in the room, Tina noticed that everyone was crowded around the new baby. Tina was angry. She thought that no one would pay attention to her anymore. As she walked towards her parents, they were so excited to see her. Tina’s dad picked her up and gave her the biggest hug ever. Next, he introduced Tina to her new baby sister. As Tine looked at the new baby, the baby gave her the biggest smile she had ever seen. Tina’s parents apologized about missing the zoo and promised that they would take her soon. Tina thought that maybe today wasn’t such a bad day after all. Now she would have an extra friend to join her on the adventure to the zoo!


(20)

Listen to the story below as it is read to you. Find the effect that completes the cause and effect. Circle the best answer.


Cause: Tina’s new baby sister was born.

Effect: ________________________________________________


  1. Tina got to play outside.

  2. Tina was able to go to the zoo that day.

  3. Tina was not able to go to the zoo that day.

Tina’s New Sister


Tina was having a very bad day. Her dad had taken her mom to the hospital earlier that day because Tina was about to have a brand new baby sister. Tina was with her grandma on the way to the hospital. She did not want to be there. Today was supposed to be her day. Her parents had promised to take her to the zoo to see all of the animals and now Tina wasn’t able to go. She wondered why her sister just had to come today. Her day was ruined. Tina sulked as she climbed the big stairs to her mom’s hospital room. As she walked in the room, Tina noticed that everyone was crowded around the new baby. Tina was angry. She thought that no one would pay attention to her anymore. As she walked towards her parents, they were so excited to see her. Tina’s dad picked her up and gave her the biggest hug ever. Next, he introduced Tina to her new baby sister. As Tine looked at the new baby, the baby gave her the biggest smile she had ever seen. Tina’s parents apologized about missing the zoo and promised that they would take her soon. Tina thought that maybe today wasn’t such a bad day after all. Now she would have an extra friend to join her on the adventure to the zoo!


(21)

Using the space below. Complete the directions as they are read to you.


  1. Draw a square on the paper.

  2. Draw a star in the center of the square.

  3. Color the star blue.

  4. Above the square draw a rectangle.






(22)

Using the space below. Complete the directions as they are read to you.


  1. Draw a tree on the paper.

  2. On the right side of the tree draw a flower.

  3. Color the flower petals pink and the stem green.

  4. Draw two clouds in the sky above the tree.






(23)

Listen to the description that is read to you. Circle the pattern that is described by the speaker.


adadad XXXX jujujuju TbTbTb sit bit fit


The pattern that I am thinking of has capital letters in its pattern.

The pattern does not have any real words in it.

The pattern is made up of four different letters.


(24)

Listen as two short stories are read. After the stories are read, compare and contrast the stories on the lines below.

(Questions 24 and 25)


Story 1:

Tina’s New Sister


Tina was having a very bad day. Her dad had taken her mom to the hospital earlier that day because Tina was about to have a brand new baby sister. Tina was with her grandma on the way to the hospital. She did not want to be there. Today was supposed to be her day. Her parents had promised to take her to the zoo to see all of the animals and now Tina wasn’t able to go. She wondered why her sister just had to come today. Her day was ruined. Tina sulked as she climbed the big stairs to her mom’s hospital room. As she walked in the room, Tina noticed that everyone was crowded around the new baby. Tina was angry. She thought that no one would pay attention to her anymore. As she walked towards her parents, they were so excited to see her. Tina’s dad picked her up and gave her the biggest hug ever. Next, he introduced Tina to her new baby sister. As Tine looked at the new baby, the baby gave her the biggest smile she had ever seen. Tina’s parents apologized about missing the zoo and promised that they would take her soon. Tina thought that maybe today wasn’t such a bad day after all. Now she would have an extra friend to join her on the adventure to the zoo!





Story 2:

Sam’s Big Game


It was the day of the big game and Sam was so excited he could hardly get ready. He woke up extra early and jumped out of bed. He threw on his soccer uniform and ran into the kitchen. His mom was making breakfast, but noticed something strange about the outfit he was wearing. His mom began to laugh and it wasn’t until Sam looked down that he realized his jersey was on backwards. Sam reversed his shirt as he sat down at the table. His mom was making his favorite breakfast; pancakes and bacon, but the only thing he could think of was the game. He was too nervous, he could barely eat. He gulped down his orange juice and ran outside as soon as he heard his neighbor’s horn coming from the driveway. As he kissed his mom goodbye, he ran outside. Just as he got outside his friend Mike began to laugh. It wasn’t until he looked down that he realized that he had no shoes on. He too laughed, but then ran back in the house to grab his soccer spikes. Now he was ready for his big game.


How are the two stories the same? _________________________

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(25)

How are the two stories different? __________________________

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