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Listen! Listen! Learn All About It!

Donna Woods


Students view non-fiction videos for specific information.


The student writes notes, comments, and observations that reflect comprehension of fourth grade or higher level content and experiences from a variety of media.

The student interacts with peers in a variety of situations to develop and present familiar ideas (for example, conversations, whole group interactions, discussions).

The student understands the main concept and supporting details in nonprint media messages.

The student uses discussion strategies (for example, acting as participant and leader; volunteering relevant information; responding to opinions and ideas of others; summarizing information heard).


- 2 non-fiction 30 minute videos (topic of your choice)
- pencil/notebook paper for each student
- TV
- Teacher made question handout based on one of the videos (see preparation for details)


1. Choose two videos of 30 minutes each based on a science or social studies topic of your choice.
2. Watch each video in 10 minute segments and write questions based on information from each segment. The number of questions may vary for each segment depending on the content and the ability level of your class.
3. Keep one video's questions for class discussion.
4. Make the questions from the other video into a worksheet for the evaluation of this activity. You may make it short answer or multiple choice.
5. Make a copy of the question worksheet for each student.


1. Explain to the class that you are going to show a video about a topic that is being studied in class. Explain that you will show it in 10 minute segments. While the video is being shown, the students should each write a question that can be answered from that 10 minute segment.
2. At the end of the 10 minutes, have each student ask the question he/she wrote from the video. Have the other students answer orally while you correct answers and/or add more information to the discussion. (You might want to take anedoctal records of the students' answers to keep track of who is comprehending and who is having trouble)
3. Continue procedure #2 until the entire video has been viewed and discussed.


1. Hand out the question handout from the video of your choice. (see materials and preparation)
2. Read the questions for the 1st ten minutes from the handout and explain to the students that they will watch another video in 10 minute segments and answer questions for each segment.
3. At the end of the 10 minutes, stop the video and give the students enough time to answer the questions for that segment.
4. Repeat steps #2 and #3 in ten minute intervals until the entire video has been viewed and all questions have been answered.
5. Collect papers and check for correct answers. A percent grade and letter grade may be given based on the number or correct answers.
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