Listening center activities for kindergarten. Build independence and rigor with listening response sheets for your favorite Doreen Cronin (Click, Clack…) books.
Doreen Cronin: Click Clack Series
Doreen Cronin has written so many wonderful books that are great for classroom read alouds. One of her most popular stories is Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type. I’m sure you’ve read it a time or two! There are several other stories included in the Click Clack series. Scholastic gathered five books from the series and came out with a book and CD set! Hence, the Click Clack Series Listening Center!
Having students listen to reading in your classroom is a must! I loved my listening station that was set up for my students during literacy centers. I wanted my students to actively listen to reading as much as possible! Research supports that listening to reading increases students’ oral reading fluency and comprehension. More specifically, younger and lower performing students can benefit from listening (to reading) to a greater extent.
Each week, I would change out the listening center with a new book. I also included student response sheets to keep my students engaged during the entire center time and to have some accountability, too. So here is what the listening center in my classroom looked like. If you look closely, you can see the little specs of green and red on the play and stop buttons. This helped my sweeties A TON! Green means go, red means stop. I would already have the CD loaded and the book there waiting for them.
Listening Center Activities
I created multiple response sheets for each of the five books included in the Scholastic set. Students start by listening to the story first and then they complete the activity.
The response sheets are simple enough for students to complete independently but rigorous enough to strengthen and review literacy skills. There are various activities so you can choose which skill best suits the needs of your students. Rhyming, syllables, beginning and ending sounds, vowel teams, sight words… the list goes on and on.
There are also writing response options. Students may be writing about their favorite part or even telling the problem and solution of the story.
Did you know these activities can also be used during whole-group reading? Some of the books include retelling cards and story detail cards. These work well in a whole-group setting. This is a great time to start a discussion with your students and really have some meaningful conversations about the story.
Listening center activities for this book series can be found here:
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