Active Listening Games for Middle School

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Active listening is a key skill that can aid students in many aspects of their academic and personal lives. This lesson provides active listening games for use in middle school classrooms.

Active Listening Games for Middle School

Before you use these games in class, it's important to discuss the differences between hearing and listening with your students. This discussion is a great way to preface the fun activities that follow. Ask these questions and tips to help elicit comments from your students:

  • What is the difference between hearing and listening?
  • If you hear something, does that mean you understand it? For example, if you hear someone speak another language, do you know what they are saying?
  • Hearing is the physical process of sound being picked up by your ear.
  • Listening is understanding and interpreting what you hear and assigning it a meaning.

What Did I Say?

In this game, you will read a short passage to the students, and then quiz them on comprehension.

Divide the students into small teams. Make sure their desks are cleared of paper - they are not allowed to take notes.Tell them to listen closely, and then read the following passage.

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