The Listening Game

The Listening Game is very simple and free-for-all! Only a pencil and listening ears are required for students. Teachers can use scratch paper and a pencil for this activity.

Where there are 4 boxes, you can use them one by one or use them all if you’d like. Some examples of listening you could do are…

  1. Draw a small circle next to number 2.
  2. Write your name in box number 4.
  3. In the lower right hand corner of number 1, write the word ‘orange’.
  4. Draw a line up and down the middle of box number 3.
  5. Draw one big square overĀ all of the boxes.
  6. Write the number 7 next to number 1.

For an extra challenge, you could include questions about the book where they need to write or draw answers. You may have to explain the names (box, number, corner, etc.) and rules of this activity. Another idea could be to do one box together and get progressively harder as you go.

The ideas are limitless. It would also be great for the teacher to draw along on scratch paper so when everyone is finished, they can compare with the teacher and with each other.

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Stretch a Sentence

Stretch a Sentence

Stretch a sentence is as great way to expand on those very boring, simple sentences that need more details. Great for Level 1 and Level 2-1 especially (could be used for upper levels as well).

First, start out with a subject: The girl

Doing what? The girl ran

When? The girl ran this morning

Where? The girl ran this morning at the gym

Why? The girl ran this morning at the gym because she woke up early.

Feel free to modify and edit in any way necessary for your class. Some ideas to get started for subject, verb, and where could include…

Who: The girl, boy, mom, cat, grandma, superhero, fish, child, umpire, swimmer, etc.

Doing what: running, kicking, laughing, smelling, falling, listening, watching, etc.

Where: at the beach, office, park, swimming pool, garden, concert, bank, post office, etc.

Feel free to print the PDF for your classroom.