A work studied in a manufacturing plant found that when employees were given less distractions when listening to directions, they made half as many mistakes.

In communication listening is just as important as being well spoken. This is often overlooked by many different people. Often while some is speaking to them, they we be thinking of their next individual response rather than valuing the information that is being shared with them. Listening is not just taking in and receiving information, but also processing that information and making sense of it. Better listening can often lead to much better productivity within communication. Displaying good listening skills to others shows them that we care about what they are sharing and as a result they are likely to trust our responses more.

The average adult spends just under three-quarters of their awake day communicating. Meaning they are either receiving or outputting information. When we communicate just under half the time, we are listening compared to thirty percent of the time speaking and the remain forms of reading and writing account for twenty-five percent of our time. Listening helps us gain a full understanding of a situation and the better we listen the more accurate and well thought out our response is sure to be. These worksheets are great for helping students hone in on the use of their ability to take in and process what they hear.

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Printable Listening Skills Worksheets

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Follow Directions

1. Draw a circle around the dog. 2. Draw an X over the chair. 3. Draw a square around the eye. 4. Draw a line under the apple.

How Are Your Listening Skills?

Rate yourself for each of the listening skills below.

Listening for Letter Sounds

Say the name of each picture. Circle the picture whose name begins with the letter at the beginning of the row.

Ya Hear?

Say the name of each picture. Circle the END sound.

Listening Worksheet

Listen to your teacher. Follow the directions.

Listening Skills Worksheet

Write a consonant in front of each of the following sounds. Listen for both sounds.

Shape Up!

Listen carefully to your teacher. Follow the directions.

Draw What You Hear

Your teacher will make three distinct sounds. You will be asked to close your eyes while each sound is made. He or she will make each sound twice and then pause for 5 minutes. After each sound, draw a picture of what you heard in the box.

Animal Sounds

Your teacher will make or play four different animal sounds. You will hear each animal sound twice. After hearing each sound, draw a picture of the animal and write its name on the line.

Listening and Following Instructions

Tell the students they will practice listening and following instructions. Tell them that you will read each instruction twice. Pause after each instruction before reading it again.

Listening Skills

Listen carefully to your teacher's directions. Follow the directions.

The Object

Listen carefully to your teacher. Circle the object whose name you hear the teacher read.

Listening for Letter Sounds

Say the name of each picture. Do you hear the letter at the beginning of the name or the end? Circle the answer.

Pause It!

Tell the students they will practice listening and following instructions. Tell them that you will read each instruction twice. Pause after each instruction before reading it again.

The Goldfish

Time to listen up!