Charming Brennan Bear keeps children excited about learning language throughout the school year. Seasonal lessons for the classroom target listening, semantic, and written and oral language skills.
- Improve listening skills
- Learn antonyms, synonyms, idioms, multiple meanings, analogies, and classification
From September through May, each month's theme and language unit are introduced in a story about Brennan Bear's adventures. Listening skills are developed through story comprehension questions and exercises in following complex directions. Other activities target these skill areas:
- multiple meanings
Each month's unit includes a:
- cover page—a full-page, humorous illustration introduces the skill and can be used on bulletin boards and notebook covers and for discussion starters
- story—students listen to a heartwarming Brennan Bear story and answer comprehension questions about it
- written activity—focus on vocabulary and content in writing sentences, paragraphs, letters, and newspaper reports
- expressive activity—use these patterns to make bulletin boards and expressive language envelope activities
- listening activity—students complete worksheets by listening to and following directions
- notebook activities—students compile a notebook of brief activities during the lessons and use the activities to reinforce and review skills
- take home letters and lessons—three parent letters tell about new skills and include practice activities
- certificate of completion
- resource list—collection of target semantic skill examples
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- Students may receive up to 90 percent of school information through listening.
"It is essential for language teachers to help their students become effective listeners . . . this means modeling listening strategies and providing listening practice" (NCLRC, 2004).
- In-depth knowledge of word meaning helps students comprehend what they read and helps them use words accurately in speaking and reading (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
- Statewide standardized tests measure vocabulary skills through:
- knowledge of antonyms, synonyms, and multiple-meaning words to determine
- ability to analyze word relationships meaningfully
- use of linguistic context to comprehend unknown words (Scholastic, n.d.).
- An efficient lexicon is not organized like a dictionary: instead, words and their properties (e.g., semantic meaning) are interconnected and associative. Language-impaired children have fewer lexical entries than their typically-developing peers and fewer connections among the words they know (Brackenbury & Pye, 2007).
Listening for Language All Year 'Round incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Brackenbury, T., & Pye, C. (2007). Semantic deficits in children with language impairments: Issues for clinical assessment. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 36, 5-16.
National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC). (2004). Teaching listening. Retrieved March 24, 2009 from www.nclrc.org/essentials/listening/liindex.htm
Scholastic. (n.d.). The importance of vocabulary on 3rd and 4th grade standardized tests. Retrieved March 24, 2009 from http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/texttalk/pdfs/Vocab_Test_Analysis.pdf
Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech and language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.