“Listen for…” cards during instruction can be used to highlight important points for students or to help a student sustain attention or support comprehension during a lesson.


Students are provided an index card with keywords to listen for before instruction, with a list of three to five vocabulary words for student to “listen for.”  Students can check on the index card when they hear the word (to support sustaining attention), or read the provided definition on the card (to support comprehension). In math, students could listen for the key concept word such as “sum” and write the definition on the back of their card, as well as check each time the word is heard. They can also serve as an assessment especially if an “exit ticket” question is included on the back of the card for after the lesson.

Further Reading:

U.S. Department of Education – Teaching Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactiivty Disorder: Instructional Strategies and Practices

Wikispaces.com – Marzano Strategies – Cues, Questions, and Advanced Organizers


Created by Kathy Furlong Silverio
Reviewed by Louis Olander


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