(Well, if I'm being perfectly honest, until recently it was just the Daily 3 - Read to Self, Read to Someone, and Work on Writing).
About a month ago, my kiddos were finally ready to take on their fourth Daily 5 activity: Listen to Reading.
I don't use tapes or CDs in my classroom Listening Center. Actually, I don't even have a central location for listening. My students use mp3 players. I love how they don't take up very much space, are a current form of technology, are portable, and many mp3 players are very affordable to purchase. I have a set of five mp3 players in my classroom. I use the SanDisk Sansa Clip Model (only $29 each from Amazon.com). To manage the audio files on my computer and load them onto the mp3 players, I use Windows Media Player. It's a free download from Microsoft.
|SanDisk Sansa Clip Model|
Implementing new procedures, training students on the equipment, and finding and a fair way to share five pieces of equipment in a classroom of 20 students proved to be relatively simple.
The whole class learned the behavior for Listening to Reading at the same time.
Here are my classroom rules/procedures for Listen to Reading.
Sit at your desk.
Take your book box with you.
1. Listen to the story
2. Complete the Listening Response Paper
3. If you finish early and have extra time, listen to the story again or read books from your box.
|I adore this book|
By the end of the first week, each student had an opportunity do Listen to Reading with the mp3 players. The following week, I prepared a new story children to enjoy during our Daily 5 time. Many students could already use the mp3 players independently!
|Books, mp3 players, and headphones |
are stored together in Ziploc bags
If you want students to be completely independent with the Reading Response Sheet, play an audiobook for the whole class and introduce the worksheet ahead of time. I did this the week before I introduced the mp3 players. Doing so provided me with an opportunity to thoroughly explain the instructions, allowed students to become familiar with the assignment, and it was one less thing for me to explain while I was trying to establish procedures for Listen to Reading.