Here is an activity based on role playing to stress the importance of active listening. Students aged 8-12 paraphrase what they hear from others. The link includes a checklist for monitoring their turns as well as additional practice. Great idea for children to be involved in what might not always be heard.
While definitely geared towards younger students because it is a superhero activity, it could also be used as a 2-minute fun "break" for older kids. This video is a short story which is immediately followed by timed Q&A. The idea is similar to listening to Tumblebooks. Higher grades could then be told to create their own character as a segue.
I chose this YouTube video because it is a student production discussing the "blocks" to active listening. It shows actual student scenarios which I showed to my own 9-year-old for his feedback (My son told me how he is already a good listener!) But most enjoyable is how this link explains terms in language kids can understand.
The focus here for elementary education is sounds. The suggested listening games and activities are intended for children to practice sound discrimination, recognition, awareness, identification, and concepts. This resource also highlights using auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning in the classroom.
Teachers know that active listening is a skill critical to academic success and social development. Better understanding of our instructions without repeating them multiple times takes practice on the students' part. So here are fun ideas to incorporate: songs, games and stories.
This site explains listening skills for success in the classroom. I was not aware, for example, that there are 6 areas of listening domain, which can then be classified into 3 groups. The link explains how skills, vocabulary and instructions impact school achievement, and it also details what students can do to improve this academic and life skill.
This resource includes strategies to help students become better listeners. It encourages students to be accountable for their level of listening. This is geared toward older students, for example if children know their mothers will repeat instructions several times they often ignore the initial request. My favorite technique had to be the use of hand signals for "shy ones" to participate as active listeners who can show they paid attention but not be forced to vocalize what was heard.
While I found this link on the fatherhood website, the theory of why adults should model "active listening" for children can apply to teachers as well as parents. Students as young as first grade, even some kindergarteners, are capable of following 3-step directions as determined by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association. So here are ways for our kids to practice imitating more than passing hearing of what we say and mean.