Tell students that not only is it important to listen to the words people say, but also how they say the words. Explain to students that you can tell how a person feels about something by the way they say a word. Model this by saying the word “broccoli” in each of the following ways, having students guess how you feel about broccoli by how you say the word:
- As someone who loves broccoli
- As someone who hates broccoli
- As someone who has never tasted broccoli
Next, tell students they are going to practice “listening” by interviewing their classmates. Explain that when you interview a person, you ask the person questions to find out information about them.
Say to students, “You are going to interview your classmates to find out who loves broccoli, who hates broccoli, and who has never tasted broccoli. It will be important to listen carefully in this game. When you are the interviewer, you are going to ask, ‘Do you like broccoli?’ The person being interviewed can only answer by saying the word ‘broccoli.’ If you are being interviewed, say ‘broccoli’ in a way that shows how you feel about it.”
Explain that all students will take turns being the interviewer and the interviewee. Pass out the “Listening Interview” activity sheet (you may want to write students names in the left column of the activity sheet before class). Direct students to begin their interviews and check the correct column next to their classmate’s name to indicate their findings. Any food item or nonfood item can be substituted for broccoli.