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Grade 4 Speaking / Listening - Ideas and Understanding

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After a person speaks in a group discussion, every member should be able to review what was said. Also, a member should be able to give their own ideas that pertain to what the previous speaker said. The ideas should link together. In this case, the discussion would flow smoothly. In this quiz, students will answer questions about reviewing the key ideas about what someone said and explaining their own ideas after someone speaks.

1.
Read the comment from a group member during a discussion about a book she just read.

"Once the main character in my book found her lost purse in the trash, there were still eight chapters left of the book. So, I didn't want to read the rest. However, I did read it and the rest of the book dragged."

What are the key ideas of the comment?
The book contained over eight chapters in it since more than that was read.
The problem was resolved too early in the book, so the rest of the book was boring.
The main character lost her purse which was the main problem in the book.
The main character resolved her problem by finding her lost purse.
This statement reviews the key ideas of the comment by including why the book was boring.
2.
Read the comment from a group member during a discussion about whether cell phones should be allowed at school.

"Cell phones should be allowed in the classroom if the student turns it off. If the phone goes off in class, then the teacher should provide a warning to the student because the student probably accidentally forgot to turn it off."

What are the key ideas of the comment?
Cell phones should be allowed in every classroom because students need to have them.
Warnings should only be given if the student's cell phone goes off in class.
Cell phones frequently go off in classroom because students forget to turn them off.
The teacher's cell phone goes off more often than the student's cell phone.
The key points made in this comment include the warnings that should be given to the student.
3.
Read the comment from a group member during a discussion about soccer being the best sport in the community.

"I have been playing soccer for five years. Every year, more and more teams are added to the league. Right now, our league has twenty teams in it. So, I know this sport is popular in our community."

What are the key ideas of the comment?
The community thinks that soccer is a popular sport because I play in it.
Soccer is a popular sport everywhere because it is growing.
I have been playing soccer for a long time which is five years.
Our soccer league is growing with 20 teams in it, so it is a popular sport.
The key ideas in this comment include the fact that there are 20 teams in his soccer league which makes it popular.
4.
Read the comment from a group member during a discussion about children playing video games too much.

"Every member of my family plays video games. We play them when we get home from school or work. Then we eat dinner together and continue playing video games until we go to bed."

What are the key ideas of the comment?
This family plays video games too much.
The family plays video games when they get home until they go to bed except during dinnertime.
Video games are fun to play and everyone should play them.
This family eats dinner together which is nice that they spend time together.
The key ideas of this comment include the amount of time the family plays video games. A conclusion drawn from this comment would not be a review of the key ideas.
5.
Read the comment from a group member during a discussion about whether or not people need to exercise more.

"I think it all depends on the people. Some people eat too many bad foods and also don't exercise enough. They gain weight. Other people go to the gym and probably spend too much time there. Also, other people exercise just enough."

What are the key ideas of the comment?
Some people spend too much time in the gym and so they may get too much exercise.
Most people do not get enough exercise and it is very important that they do that.
There are a variety of people and there is a range of how much they exercise.
Eating bad foods and not exercising causes people to gain weight.
The key ideas in this comment include the variety of people who exercise.
6.
Read the comment below about the last book that each student read.

"I usually read sci-fi books because I like aliens and outer space. The last book I read was about an alien who was bringing people back to his planet."

What comment could be made next that would link to this comment?
Sci-fi books could also include technology.
Action stories could also include adventure stories.
I like to read nonfiction books about animals.
The planet Earth is located the third from the sun.
This comment links to the previous comment because they are both about sci-fi.
7.
Read the comment below about whether cell phones should be allowed at school.

"One time I forgot to turn my cell phone off at school during a test."

What comment could be made next that would link to this comment?
It is easy to turn off my cell phone by pushing the little button on the side.
Cell phones are expensive and children should take care of them.
My mom forgot to turn off her cell phone during church and it went off.
I once lost my cell phone when it fell into a lake.
These two ideas relate so they should be said one after the other.
8.
Read the comment below about soccer being the best sport in the community.

"Soccer is a popular sport, but it causes many injuries."

What comment could be made next that would link to this comment?
For example, my brother broke his arm during a soccer game.
There are 25 soccer teams in this community.
Soccer is played with a black and white ball.
You can only use your feet in soccer except for the goalkeeper.
Giving an example by using someone else's comment is a great way to keep the discussion going.
9.
Read the comment below about children playing video games too much.

"Sometimes video games can hurt your health."

What comment could be made next that would link to this comment?
After playing video games for too long, I have trouble seeing.
My favorite video game is Strike Force 3.
My mom won't let me play video games because she says I have better things to do.
The first video game was invented over thirty years ago.
This comment can be linked to the previous comment.
10.
Read the comment below about whether or not people need to exercise more.

"Children usually exercise because we have to go to gym class every day."

What comment could be made next that would link to this comment?
I hate to exercise.
We also go outside for recess where most of us run.
Every morning I see people running outside on the sidewalk.
The best exercise to do is to swim because it moves most of your muscles.
This links to the previous comment because they are both about exercising at school.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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