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Daily 5 Chapter 5
13 Jul, 2012. 3 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, Uncategorized. Posted By: Kristen Smith
In Chapter 5 ‘The Sisters’ discuss “Read to Someone” and “Listen to Reading”. In these chapters students get to enjoy sharing books with their peers and also listening to audio books. My class last year absolutely loved both of these sections but I’ll be honest and say that out of all the “dailys” I struggled the most with Read to Someone.
(All of the pictures in this blog entry are from our “camping day” that we had in April!)

I have a very small classroom and it ended up that I could not have some kids go to Read to Someone unless EVERYONE went to Read to Someone.

Why?

It was just plain old too loud. Now mind you, this is after discussing volume levels, practicing volume levels and arranging the kids away from each other but to me it was just so distracting!

Am I the only one who struggled with this?

Of course the kids LOVE reading to a friend and they would always JUMP on the chance to read with someone.

So, the way I fixed the problem in my classroom was, every other day I would use our curriculum books and have the kids read those with a friend. After they finished reading that, they could choose a book from their book box and read with that same friend.

I found that the kids really enjoyed this time and if they were ALL reading to a friend at once,  it didn’t seem so bad! I know that might sound weird since there are MORE voices reading… However, I wasn’t trying to conference or hold a guided reading group at that time. During this time I would bee bop around the classroom and listen in on my students reading to one another. I loved hearing them use comprehension strategies with their friends. It really ended up being a great time… I just couldn’t include it in my “daily” choices.

Another hiccup I had last year pertained to this chapter. I did not have a listening center in my classroom last year and only have 2 computers. Therefore “Listen to Reading” could not be enjoyed by a large number of students. I am trying to acquire some iPod Nanos to use for this year but it is a slow process. (I would then have to purchase a bunch of books on CD) — My plan is to use my bonus points from Scholastic to buy some audio books.

On the computer, some of my students favorite “listen to reading” web pages were:

http://www.tumblebooks.com/
http://www.storylineonline.net/
This is part of a blog hop so make sure you check out some other blogs on this same chapter to get advice and suggestions!! 
Have a blessed day! :) 

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  2. I have all of my kids do read to someone at the same time. It was so loud! The kids were engaged, but it drove me crazy. I also had the problem of kids choosing the same partners for read to someone. I need to fix that. I actually just used my bonus points from Scholastic to buy listening station books/CDs. A lot of them only came with one book and one CD, but I don’t mind the kids sharing. You just have to model for them at the beginning what sharing at the listening station looks like.
    Thank you very much for all of your thoughts and ideas on your blog! I am new to the blogging world! I would love for you to come and visit me!

    :)

    Blessings of Teaching

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  • Hi there! I’ve awarded you the Liebster Blog award :) Feel free to stop by to pick it up!

    ~Steph

    The Quirky Apple

  • I have all of my kids do read to someone at the same time. It was so loud! The kids were engaged, but it drove me crazy. I also had the problem of kids choosing the same partners for read to someone. I need to fix that. I actually just used my bonus points from Scholastic to buy listening station books/CDs. A lot of them only came with one book and one CD, but I don’t mind the kids sharing. You just have to model for them at the beginning what sharing at the listening station looks like.
    Thank you very much for all of your thoughts and ideas on your blog! I am new to the blogging world! I would love for you to come and visit me!

    :)

    Blessings of Teaching

  • I love the tent day! A great idea–who doesn’t like tents! I became your latest follower. I would love to have you stop by my blog, enter my giveaway, and just enjoy!

    http://www.ateacherwithoutaclass.com

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