Speaking and Listening (Accountable Talk in the Primary Grades)
Accountable talking stems are a very effective way to engage students in listening and speaking. I have found in the early
grades that children do best by focusing on a few of the first talking stems.
I have also found that we, as teachers, often assume that children will be able to understand and use these talking stems
after being introduced to them. However, there will be many children that need more direct instruction in using the language
of the talking stems.
This packet has ideas for introducing these stems in small steps with lots of practice, before incorporating them into group
Included in this packet:
Posters for the following talking stems:
I heard you say……
I agree with you because……
I disagree with you because…….
I would like to add to what you said.
Can you tell me more about that.
I don’t understand.
Could you say that in a different way?
Lesson plans for teaching each talking stem
Task cards for each talking stem for students to use individually
Self evaluation pages for students in K-! with pictures and students in 1-2 with words.
Spreadsheets for teachers to use as checklists for CCSS Listening and Speaking skills