Chickens sometimes become broody. A broody chicken feels protective of its eggs, even if they are unfertilized and have no chance of hatching, and may act aggressively to intruders. Like chickens, humans often become fixated on and upset by things that aren’t real or important, but there is at least one key difference that sets humans apart. Listen to learn what broody chickens can teach humans about positive mindset, the value of self-reflection, and the importance of choosing peers carefully.
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People of all ages laugh, even babies as young as a few months old, although the things they laugh at change as they reach different stages of life. Scientists believe that laughter is a way for people to socialize, have fun, and communicate positive feelings to others like trust and acceptance. Listen to hear a researcher explain what makes babies of different ages laugh and why people sometimes laugh at jokes that are not really funny.
For years, researchers believed that siblings’ birth order shaped their personalities. However, recent research has shown that this theory is false, and the factors that influence personality are far more complex. What truly shapes character, the research shows, is how siblings play and argue with and teach and mimic each other. Together, siblings learn and teach each other key life skills, such as how to communicate and negotiate conflict. Listen to learn more about the important role of sibling interactions in the development of personality.
Many Native American tribes use origin stories, or stories about creation, to explain how life came to exist and to highlight the relationship between nature and humankind. In this story, a member of the Ojibwe tribe shares an origin story that reveals his tribe’s deep connection with wolves. Listen to learn about the special relationship between Native Americans and wolves and why the Ojibwe believe wolves are deserving of protection and respect.
The Lexile Audio Measure is an indicator of the complexity of an audio passage. It is based on a scientifically developed scale with a maximum score of 2000L.How to Use Lexile Audio Measures
Find stories at the right level of complexity for your students, so that they will be challenged without being frustrated. The measures are categorized into low, medium, or high in order to aid teachers in story selection when they do not know students’ Lexile listening levels.
|Listening Level||Lexile Audio Measures|
These recommended ranges are for instructional use of Listenwise audio content in combination with supports such as the interactive transcript, etc.
|Grade||Lexile Audio Measures (Recommended Ranges)|
|1||215L - 610L|
|2||490L - 855L|
|3||725L - 1060L|
|4||945L - 1250L|
|5||1045L - 1350L|
|6||1125L - 1430L|
|7||1190L - 1500L|
|8||1250L - 1555L|
|9||1300L - 1610L|
|10||1345L - 1655L|
|11/12||1385L - 1695L|