Activity Guide: What’s Your Listening Style?
Use this short activity to introduce or enhance audiobook listening for all ages, from toddler to senior citizen. This listening style analysis can take place as a solo activity, through home-based parent-child interaction, in a lecture presentation with a hands-on session at a public library, or as a classroom-based activity using printed handouts. Allow 40 minutes to an hour to complete.
Activity Guide: Active Listening
Use this method to enhance the use of audiobooks in an instructional setting, incorporating the educational benefits of audio in a technology-rich, multi-sensory environment. Use the simple Active Listening lesson to foster student engagement and introduce analysis of audio-specific characteristics, an ideal follow-up to the What’s Your Listening Style activity. Before independent use of the Active Listening handout, model as a single period, whole-class activity with a short read-along audio/picture book displayed or projected by a document camera, with the audio played through speakers.
Visit the Audio Publishers Association “Sound Learning” website https://www.audiopub.org/education/sound-learning for more tips for teaching with audio books and suggested audiobook collection lists divided into grade-level groupings K–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12, and adult titles for high-school students across a variety of subject matter including language arts, social studies, science, mathematics, fine arts, and foreign language—each with applicable Common Core Standards and activities.