Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Daily 5: Chapter 5

Listen to Reading
How will you instill the importance (or urgency as the sisters call it) of 'listening to reading' in your students and especially those students who have had little 'lap time' or reading done for them in their own homes?
We can of course let students know that they will be listening to fluent readers, and that this is how they should aspire to read as well. By listening they are gaining practice in that area. However, I agree with the sisters, listening to reading almost always keeps students engaged on their own!

What devices or strategies are you going to use to conduct listen to reading?' Will you use a community recording device with one cd and several earphones, individual cd players, tape recorders, ipod-type devices or computers?
I have several cd players that I keep in a communal area, along with all my books that have accompanying cds. I stick the cds inside the books with adhesive cd pockets so the pairs are always together. I currently have a donorschoose project in which I hope to get an actual listening center, so we’ll see.

 What expectations will you have for your students during 'listen to reading' and how will you keep them on task and independent instead of needing your assistance when they can't manage 'devices?'
First, when teaching procedures I will make sure to hit upon the subject of what to do if you get stuck. Top of the list will be to ask a “tech expert” these will be the kids who really get the hang of the technology right away and are capable of quietly helping anyone having a hard time. You always have a few. Otherwise, they will be expected to quietly pick a book and cd player and take it to their work area. I will show them how to carefully take the cd out of the pocket, put it in the cd player and turn it on. Likewise, they will need to be shown how to turn it off and put it away.

Do you have enough 'listening to reading' type materials? If not, what ideas do you have for securing these materials?  Where will you store them? How will your students retrieve these items? Where will they be used (will there be a designated spot in your class for listen or reading or will it be their choice)?
Yes, I have quite a few book/cd pairs thanks to scholastic book orders. I almost always buy their books on cd collection each month. I’m also requesting quite a few from donorschoose. I recommend both places! I think for those who don’t have many, it could be worthwhile to organize some kind of trade once a month or semester with other teachers in your grade, so everyone always has some! I will keep both the cds and players stored next to my two Adirondack chairs as students love to sit there when listening to reading.

The sisters do not really talk about this in their book, but how do you feel about listening response sheets?  Will listening to reading be just for 'listening' or will there be follow-up work required of your students?  If there is reading response sheets, what will they look like?
Personally, I like response sheets. I use ones from Deanna Jump. I think it really depends though on how long your blocks of time are. Because I only have an hour and because I have to see all four reading groups my chunks are only 15 minutes. Depending on the length of the story there isn’t always time for the kids to do quality work on a response sheet. Perhaps, a response sheet could be one of the options in “work on writing.” I haven’t gotten to that part of the book yet so I don’t know if it would fit in, but then children could really have the time they need to process what they listened to and craft a well thought out response.

 I would be remiss to not add this so . . . how can this station be differentiated to meet the various learning profiles, interests and/or readiness of your students? 
It will be very important to include different level books. Some chapter books even have accompanying cds. The same goes for having books that cover all different genres, themes and topics for your students to pick from.

Read to Someone
Why should students be reading to someone? 
Reading to someone allows children to hear someone else reading fluently, to help each other with reading strategies and to “be the teacher” and it’s just plain fun! J

 How can your students EEKK?
Sitting Elbow to Elbow, Knee to Knee can be done many different ways. I mistakenly used to think that this meant both of your elbows and knees are touching both of theirs. I never understood how sitting that way was conducive to sharing a book. Now I understand that it is just one of your elbows and knees to one of theirs so you are side by side. Students can sit EEKK sitting down on the floor, laying down on their tummies or backs, sitting at a table, etc.

How can your students read to someone and how will you need to model these ways with your students?
Students will be able to take turns reading to one another in several ways. First, one student can read their book, then the other student can read theirs taking turns. Second, they can read the same book and alternate reading pages, or both read the same page one at a time to mimic fluency. Third, they can read two different books, taking turns reading one page from their book at a time. The child who is not reading is the one who does the comprehension checks.

What is the one thing you have done with partner reading that ensures the success of your students?
I’ve never truly implemented this, so I’ll be eager to read what others write as their tips!


  1. Thanks for linking up!
    I am so not a response sheet user, but I know they can be beneficial. Perhaps I need to look into it a but more...

    Sharing Kindergarten

  2. Hi Rachelle,
    I just became your newest follower. I am following as many Kinder blogs as possible since I will be working with that grade level for the first time next year.

  3. Rachelle, the 'tech expert' totally slipped my mind. Of course! Great idea. How will you designate these persons in your classroom?
    Great post. Thanks for linking up.
    A Differentiated Kindergarten

  4. Rachelle,
    I love the tech expert idea and I don't feel there is any need to designate this position. I think kids will just naturally know who this person is. Of course this will have to be modeled by teaching kids how to politely ask for help and to understand that the tech person is there just for technical assistance and that is all.

    All these ideas from this book study are amazing!

  5. I will have a Tech Expert too. I started that a while back and it helped so much. Before I felt like I was spending all my time working out problems. I found something that each of my kids were good at and they all became experts at something. (even if it's picking up crayons for the lost and found) It helps give them a sense of purpose. One idea for this is to make a book of experts with the kids' pictures so they can go to the book when they have a problem and see who to ask for help.