Listen and Draw Stories for Visualizing

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2nd - 4th, Homeschool
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  1. This is a bundle of resources that I most commonly use with upper elementary students working on language goals in speech therapy. It contains a variety of worksheets, visuals, and task cards that address frequently targeted upper elementary language skills. The skills targeted include following dir
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This resource contains listen and draw stories to practice auditory comprehension, story retell, and visualization skills. You know that student on your caseload that is working on story retell, but relies so heavily on the pictures that they do not tap into their own visualization skills? Many times if you give them sequencing cards with pictures, these students seem to be trying so hard to memorize a sentence word-for-word for each picture, instead of actually listening for and visualizing the meaning of the sentence. I made these listen and draw stories to target listening for details, story comprehension and visualization skills, and story retell. This resource includes blank templates for students to draw the setting, characters, and four key parts of a short story. There are 15 short stories included. Each story contains two levels. It is the same core story but level 1 is a very basic story, while level 2 includes longer and more complex sentence structures, conjunctions, increased details, and higher-level vocabulary. Hopefully having two different levels of each story will allow busy slp's to use this resource with a variety of students on their caseloads currently working at different levels of story comprehension and retell.


Print the blank drawing templates and give one to your student. I typically have them draw the setting and characters first, and then move on to drawing the stories. But if you have limited time, you might want to go straight to drawing the story.

Each page has a story with two levels. Level 1 is a very basic story and students will listen for key details to visualize and draw 4 parts. I suggest reading one part of the story at a time to your student and then giving them time to illustrate that part of the story before moving on to the next part. (*Tip: if your student is a perfectionist of an artist and could spend hours drawing each scene, set a timer they can see to keep everyone on track.)

Level 2 on each page is the same core story, however each part includes longer and more complex sentence structures, conjunctions, increased details, and higher-level vocabulary.

You will have to determine which level would be better suited for each student.

Once the student has visualized and drawn the entire story, you can have them retell the story back to you in their own words based on their drawings. There is a blank writing template included on page 5 if you want your student to practice writing a story retell as well.

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