Listening Center

19 April 2011

Setting Up Your Listening Center
The listening center is a center that is easy to set up and manage.  This center is a student favorite and can be utilized to expose students to quality literature that may be above their independent reading level.  This center can be used every week provided you have enough books on CD or cassette. 
Helpful Tips:
*If you do not have enough listening center books on CD or cassette for the school year, swap with other teachers, borrow from the library, or use Scholastic bonus points to order books on CD/cassette. 

*It is best if each child has his/her own book to look at while listening.  If not, two children may share a book.  

*I store the books and listening logs for the week in the plastic bin pictured below.  I have attached plastic hooks to the side of the bin to hold the headphones when they are not in use.

*Place a green sticker (star or circle) on the play button, a red one on the stop button, and an orange/yellow one on the rewind button.

Materials needed to create the center: 
     Small table or desk with seating
             CD/cassette player with headphones
             Plastic storage bin
             Plastic hooks
             Books on tape/CD
             Recording Sheets
Store the listening response sheets with the listening center books.  I store the books and sheets in plastic Ziplock bags.  I place these bags in a storage bench that doubles as seating at my listening center.

To check out my Listening Center Setup and Response Activities by clicking {here}.
Click {here} for some free listening center response activities not included in my packet.  DO NOT CLICK REQUEST TO SHARE.  You just need to click file and download.  I delete all emails that say "request to share."


  1. Thanks so much for the step-by-step. I am wanting to revamp my area this summer and this was very helpful!

    Queen of the First Grade Jungle

  2. Wow! Thanks for the share, Erica! I'm printing these activities up right away! I love using the drawer organizer too (another addition to my summer shopping list!). Thanks for linking up!
    Primary Inspired

  3. I'm officially inspired to redecorate and reorganize my listening center! I needed some motivation. Thank you!
    Funky First Grade Fun

  4. Thanks for the great idea! I have a 3 drawer organizer. It is color coded with a sticker dot. It has different levels of graphic organizers that the students will use during this center. This color dot coordinates with the sticker dot next to their name on their center card.


  5. I am loving your unit! i love listening centers :)

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  6. Thanks so much for the ideas!!!


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