Hi, friends! I use a listening center for a week out of every month, and it is fully occupied every time! Whether you’re listening to stories via the free Epic app and iPads or a good ole boom box, the two biggest challenges are accountability and organizing the supplies.
Here are some super ideas I’ve found on Pinterest for your library listening center.
Record your own narration
Erin Eberhart of Eberhart’s Explorers uses Garage Band to record narration for the books she wants to use in her listening center.
Student Response Forms
Melissa at F is for First Grade created this form for students’ response to what they hear.You could cut these apart and students could complete just one, giving them a choice.
You can find many free response printables on TPT, from Maria Galvin (drawing pictures about the book), or Julie Shope (writing about characters, setting, favorite part, or text-to-self connections), or Rachel Marx (character, setting and plot on one page).
I’ve also seen a few different ways to organize all of the stuff at your listening center.
At Pattons Patch, she uses shower caddies to keep a book, headphone, and iPod shuffle together.
Decor for Listening
Can we talk about the cuteness that some people create in their listening centers. I think these are so incredibly inviting. What student could resist listening to a book in one of these spots?
In Mrs. Jump’s class, they have mini-Adirondack chairs.
On Schoolgirl Style, you can see this listening center with fun animal chairs. They match the camping theme in the classroom.In First Grade Fresh, she included the wall as part of the listening center, with forms and instructions attached to the bulletin board.
For more ideas, check out my Listening Center board on Pinterest.