Listening, writing, speaking -- TUNE IN has products designed to make life easier for you and better for your students in all these important language arts skills areas. Help students develop that extra edge for standardized testing and for UIL academic contests with TUNE IN's wide range of products. Choose instructional and practice materials in listening, storytelling, oral communication, dictionary skills, spelling and creative writing.
For students from kindergarten through junior high school, TUNE IN offers audio CDs designed to develop and maintain good listening skills. Instructional materials use grade-level-appropriate exercises to teach specific aspects of good listening, with instructional and practice exercises becoming progressively more difficult as grade levels rise. Our extensive library of practice CDs, including many scripts and tests used in the UIL Listening Contest, allows you to incorporate listening practice into any area of your curriculum. Use our scripts and tests to supplement your lesson plans for a subject, while you help students maintain and refine their listening skills.
All TUNE IN audio packages include one or more CDs and masters for all the print materials you'll need-- student worksheets, answer keys, and optional additional activities. Preparation is a breeze-- just hand out student worksheets and start the audio!
Learning to Listen
This series is a perfect way to help students develop and maintain good listening skills. The CDs provide specific instruction in various aspects of good listening, then practice exercises to help students refine the skills they're learning. From kindergarten through junior high, students can continue to sharpen their listening abilities as they progress through this TUNE IN series.
Communication skills such as identifying the main idea, following instructions, distinguishing fact from opinion, recognizing the order of events and importance, and other topics covered in our Learning to Listen series are as important in reading, writing, and speaking as they are in listening. Studies have shown that students who receive listening instruction not only become better listeners, but also improve their performance in other language arts.
This package features some "immediate response" and some "listen then answer" exercises. It provides recorded lessons on following instructions, listening for details and important information, remembering the order of events, and recognizing the main idea. Since students respond on picture worksheets, this package requires no reading skills. (K-2)
Lessons and exercises in following oral instructions and listening for details, order of events, and main ideas. Students listen, then answer recorded or printed questions with multiple choice answer sheets using simple vocabulary. (1-3)
Good practice for the skills covered in 13702, with student answer sheets in a similar format using simple vocabulary. This CD includes hints for listening, several short "stories," and some science features, each about 3 minutes long. (1-3)
This set contains all four of the early Learning to Listen packages described above-- and a 3-ring vinyl binder. You save over $13.00!
This package introduces more skills for a good listener. Using immediate response as well as "listen then answer" exercises, the CD and worksheets provide instruction and practice in preparing to listen, recognizing a speaker's purpose, distinguishing fact from opinion, and selecting needed information from an oral presentation. It also introduces basic note-taking skills. (3-4)
More advanced instructions and practice in many of the skills developed in Volumes I and II. Using both immediate response and "listen then answer" exercises, this package includes lessons on picking out signals from a speaker and on more advanced note-taking. (7-8)
Use these next audio CD and worksheet packages to give students practical and entertaining exercises that help reinforce their listening and thinking skills. Exercises require students to follow instructions, read maps, graphs and tables, even solve a mystery and locate a treasure!
This challenging package contains six exercises, each about nine minutes long. Activities include a city map, a word graph, a mystery, a word scramble, a picture graph, and a treasure hunt map and logic exercise. The package provides excellent practice in following instructions and directions and in listening for details and information. (5-7)
One of the favorites in our Learning to Listen series, this package includes a wide variety of exercises. There is a map, a word scramble a picture graph, a logic puzzle, and listening study sections on contradictions and "silly sentences." Your students will have fun while they challenge their listening skills! (5-7)
Listen and Learn
This program is designed for students who have had some training and practice in listening skills. An extremely popular series among teachers, it is equally useful for individuals or for groups to help develop good listening habits. The variety of topics included offers opportunities to add listening practice to any curriculum area, using material that supplements your lesson plans for the subject. Audio CD exercises in this series are in the "listen then answer" format, with recorded scripts and printed multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions.
UIL Sponsors, please note: All of the Listen and Learn packages are in the same format as the UIL Listening Contest. Many of the scripts and exercises were used in prior years' contests. Great contest preparation for your students!
Scripts include: Susan B. Anthony - a chronicle of her suffrage efforts; Race to the Moon - the space race from the start to 1969; Carlsbad Caverns - history of man's relationship with this miracle of nature; Sir Francis Drake - a biographical sketch of the explorer/sailor/soldier; Lighting Up the Night - growth and consequences of light pollution; and, The Pony Express - the story of this legend of the American West. (5-6)
Topics include: Where Land Meets Water - an interesting look at the properties of ocean waves and beaches; Henry David Thoreau - a biographical sketch of one of America's great philosophers; Mapping Diseases - the history and development of epidemiology; Caves - fascinating details about how caves are formed and changed; Turtles - background information on this "dinosaur in a shell;" and, Hawaii - a visit to our 50th state that will challenge any note-taker. (5-6)
Contains all four of the Listen and Learn packages above-- and a 3-ring vinyl binder. You save over $17.00!
All of the scripts in this package have been used in UIL District and Invitational Contests and UIL Study Packages. Topics are: Mid-Ocean Range - the fascinating undersea mountain range; Kingdom of Kush - ancient rulers along the Nile; Eli Whitney - an American inventor and entrepreneur; The Nez Perce - the people and their famous leader; Library of Congress - the beginnings and growth of a national treasure; and, Boston Tea Party - our most famous tax protest. (5-6)
The following audio packages are designed to challenge students at junior high level and up:
Scripts on this tape include: Clouds - a scientific breakdown of the types and their characteristics; Ants - an intriguing look into these industrious insects; Our Colorful Language - amusing insights into the foibles of American English; Greyhounds of the Sea - the story of the clipper ships of the 19th century; The Mayas - interesting facts on this ancient civilization; and, Lasers - describes the technology of this wonder of modern science. (7-8)
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Including: The Colorado River - carver of canyons and lifeblood of cities; Planet Pluto?!? - a solar orbiter with an identity crisis; Edward R. Murrow - reports on the life and work of the great broadcast journalist; Dance of the Continents - studying the movements of the Earth's crust; Pear Harbor - a few hours that changed the course of history; and, From Trash to Textiles - new uses for old plastics. (7-8)
All of our TUNE IN stories are original, and none has been published anywhere except in the products we offer here. We have stories in both audio and print media, so select the format that best suits your classroom needs, or mix and match for variety!
Audio Storybook Library
What in the world are Tiddlebits? Their enchanting Tiddletown thrives in the fantasies of thousands of young students who've enjoyed their stories for years. The only place your students can meet these charming creatures is in the TUNE IN Storybook Library. But that's only half the stories! In the rest of the library, they'll find boys, girls, teddy bears, animals, bikes and more. Stories in Volumes I-IV are 5-8 minutes in length. Shorter tales are 3-5 minutes.
Three more Tiddlebit stories, including Days of Old, Bright Tomorrows, and Danger! Also includes Whiskers, Clouds with Silver Linings, and On the Beach. (K-3)
Tiddlebits revisited in Littlebit the Tiddlebit, A New Tiddlebit Talent, and The Visitor. Also featured are Gertrude, The Tenderfoot Dragon, and Daddy-Cat. (K-3)
Eight more shorter stories. The four from Tlddletown: The Tiddleboat, A Surprising Smell, Winter Magic, and Cappy's Return. Also includes: Fancy Cat, Space Ranger, Lost and Found, and The Gift. (K-3)
All SIX of our story CDs, priced to save you money. The package includes a vinyl binder.
For those of you who find that reading stories aloud is just too much fun to leave to anyone else, TUNE IN has a way for you to get involved in story time. Our books of collected stories include tales from the lands of dream and fantasy and others from the world of everyday. None of them has been published elsewhere.
A book of ten short stories to enliven story time or language arts classes: The Dragon; First Place; Christmas Season; Free to a Good Home; The Looks of Things; A Different Kind of Danger; Better Than New; The Crossing; Three-in-One: Trick or Treat; and The Old Birthday Present. (K-3)
TUNE IN's video workshops help students prepare for speech assignments and UIL contests. The Prose and Poetry workshop is designed for the high school freshman level, but can be useful to younger students with some experience and to older students just getting started. Oral Reading covers many of the same elements of preparation for a successful performance, but is targeted for younger students. Both video workshops are available in either VHS or DVD format.
The workshop facilitator gives students specific, step-by-step instructions for how to rehearse for a performance. Instruction is presented in manageable sections: Selecting and Learning Literature - tips on choosing the right material for each performer; The Body - using hands, arms and the body, along with proper use of the printed manuscript; The Face - how to practice facial expressions that help breathe life into the performance; The Eyes - eye contact, expression, and determining the proper focal point for various aspects of the literature; The Voice - lessons on pitch, volume, inflection, and pacing. These sections, which provide students a clear focus on each aspect of the performance, can be reviewed one at a time, as a unit or spread across different class periods or rehearsal sessions. The final workshop section, Putting It All Together, ties all the earlier sections together, giving students all the tools they need for a cohesive and effective oral presentation. (8 and up)
Developing good materials that thoroughly teach students dictionary skills -- and prepare them for the UIL Dictionary Skills contest -- can take a great deal of time. Why not try the instructional and practice materials we've already developed for your classroom and contest use?
Instructions and exercises in alphabetization, syllable division, using guide words, pronunciation, multiple listings, abbreviations, & more. (5-6)
Expands on skills covered in Volume I, then adds new instructions and exercises in etymology, phrasal entries, prefixes and suffixes, & more. (7-8)
Save with our 2-volume set.
For those who want additional dictionary exercises, we offer sets of practice tests in UIL contest format. Each set contains three 40-item tests, with multiple choice, matching and fill-in-the-blank questions. Questions and answer keys for all tests are based on the Merriam Webster Intermediate Dictionary. Elementary sets are designed for Grades 5 and 6. Intermediate sets are for Grades 7 and 8.
Word Power Exercises
For still more dictionary practice, try our Word Power Workout series of exercises and tests based on words from former UIL spelling lists and on the Merriam Webster Intermediate Dictionary. Each package contains five activities (such as alphabetization, guide words, syllable division, pronunciation, prefixes and suffixes, word forms, definitions, word origin, and dictionary "extras") and two dictionary tests. Level 1 sets are based on spelling lists for grades 3 and 4, Level 2 sets on lists for grades 5 and 6, and Level 3 sets on lists for grades 7 and 8. These materials were previously available as part of TUNE IN's Spell It Out packages.
Each Spell It Out
volume contains audio CDs with recorded practice tests for the Spelling Contest, accompanied
by a student answer sheet and printed copies of the
tests. About 80% of the spelling test
words are from the official UIL Spelling List, and about 20% are from other
sources, which is what students will hear in the actual contest.
Each Spell It Out volume also includes one
copy of the official UIL Spelling List.
Includes two CDs with 15 spelling tests (50 words per test), plus a student answer sheet and printed copies of recorded tests. (3-4)
Includes two CDs with 10 spelling tests (80 words per test), plus a student answer sheet and printed copies of recorded tests. (5-6)
Includes two CDs with eight spelling tests (110 words per test), plus a student answer sheet and printed copies of recorded tests. (7-8)
Save when you buy all three volumes of Spell It Out.
For teachers short on time and students short on
experience, TUNE IN can help
with practice to develop writing skills. These exercises were developed specifically
for the UIL Creative Writing Contest, but are great for language art classes.
A set of picture prompts in contest format, with "story starter" suggestions to give students a variety of practice activities. (2-3)