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Title: _ Listen for the hidden phrase Subject_Language_

Time: _50 mins_____ Strand: _Oral____

Desired Results
Lesson Description
What kind of strategies can you use to improve your listening? Here are 7 different things that
you can do to improve your listening in any situation. 1: stop talking; 2: focus on the speaker; 3:
remove distractions; 4: be patient; 5: listen to the tone; 6: listen for ideas; and 7: watch for non-
verbal communication. What would non-verbal communication look like?

Hidden phrases activity

An engaging whole class activity is to pair students up and give each pair a "secret" word or
phrase. For easier dialogues, give a simple phrase such as I love soccer, or My father works a
lot; etc To challenge students, give a slightly more obscure phrase, such as John does yoga
every Saturday, or I saw a UFO in my yard last night.

Students are then tasked with developing a dialogue with their partner that somehow uses this
phrase. Students may script the dialogue if they wish, but only give them limited planning time
(5-10 minutes). After they have prepared their dialogue, students perform the dialogue in front of
the class, and the other students listen carefully to hear which words or phrases seem extra
carefully planned to find the secret phase. If you have individual white boards, have the students
write down the phrase as they hear it and then show their board after the pair has finished the
dialogue. If they found the correct secret phrase, they get a point. If no one finds the pairs secret
phrase, the pair that developed the dialogue gets a point.

Ontario Curricular Overall Expectations

- listen in order to understand and respond appropriately in a variety of situations for
a variety of purposes

- use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences
for a variety of purposes;

Ontario Curricular Specific Expectations

1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5

Lesson Goals (clearly identify what students are expected to know and be able to do, as if
asked the purpose by a principal)

- Students will use listening skills to identify specific phrases

- Students will communicate clearly and concisely
- Students demonstrate an understanding of appropriate speaking behaviour and use a
variety of speaking strategies that suit the purpose and audience
Success Criteria (teachers will identify the criteria they will use to assess students learning , as
well as what evidence of learning students will provide to demonstrate their knowledge and skills
; in student language)

- Students show an increase in listening by successfully identify hidden phrases in long

sentences that are presented to them

Assessment Mode: oral/ performance
Assessment Strategy: Hidden phrases activity


Pieces of paper with two word phrases, pencils, paper

Lesson Format : What Teachers Do/Say

Motivational Hook/engagement /introduction ( 5-10 min) Minds on

What is listening? Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the
communication process. Listening is key to all effective communication, without the ability to
listen effectively messages are easily misunderstood communication breaks down and the
sender of the message can easily become frustrated or irritated. If there is one communication
skill you should aim to master, then listening is it.

During /working on it/action ( Hands on) What the students are doing
Hidden phrase activity (During this activity, the teacher should be participating in the game or
overseeing the amount of time students must create their phrase, pick their choice, and acts as the
After: Consolidation: Reflect and Connect (10 min)
Who found it easy? Who found it hard? Why would some of us find it easier than others?

Extension Activities/Next Steps

Book talk presentations

Special Education Notes: Differentiated Instruction considerations/accommodations/


Working with others, easier phrases, use of computer or ipad to write down sentences

Cross Curricular Links: Oral, reading, Writing, Media, Social Studies, Science, Math, Visual
Arts, Drama, Music, PE&H, (circle)
Oral, writing, drama

Lesson Reflection: Teacher and Lesson

- The students really enjoyed the activity
- The students proved to be very respectful of who was peaking and listened to all
- The next time that I do this lesson, I will try and give more time to the activity and the
debrief afterwards.
- For smaller classes, it may be a good idea to add longer phrases or have the students
come up with their own. (Make sure to monitor any self-created phrases before they are