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Listening/Reading Transfer - guided reading

Subject: Language Arts
Grade: K-2, 3-5

Brief Description



learning to apply listening skills to reading

Materials Needed

Materials Required: Danny the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

Lesson Plan

"Transferring Comprehension from Listening to Reading" is an excellent article written by Patricia Cunningham (see The Reading Teacher, Volume 29 - 1975, pages 169-172). Patricia Cunningham gives the following sample lesson. The mistakes are mine. The ideas are hers!

Like main ideas, making inferences is a concept that is very difficult for many elementary school children to grasp. Those who are not as able to make inferences are often helped by listening to others explain on what evidence they base their inferences. This activity provides an opportunity for your skilled readers to model how to make inferences and those who might need help to learn the skill.

For this activity you will choose the children's storybook Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

List the following sentences on the board.

  • The dinosaur went home with Emily Elizabeth to live with Clifford the Big Red Dog.
  • The dinosaur went back to the museum. They need him there.
  • The dinosaur hid behind a skyscraper until the children found him.
  • Danny wished that the dinosaur would live with him forever.

Set the purpose for listening: On the board, I have listed four possible outcomes for the story I will read to you. As I read, try to think how the story might come out. I will stop and we will choose one of these outcomes, then I will finish the story and see if we were right.

Read aloud pages through 52-53 of Danny and the Dinosaur. Then stop reading the story and ask children to predict what will be the real outcome. Which of the sentences on the board describe what they think will happen next. Have children support their predictions with actual events from the story.

Then continue reading through page 60. Stop reading the story and ask children to predict what will happen next.

Finish the book and, again, ask them to infer what might happen next.

Get another Danny the Dinosaur book, generate your own possible conclusions/inferences, and do the activity again.


Lesson Plan Source

Submitted by Deb Smith(d-smithcybersol.com)
Coloma Elementary, South Haven, USA


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