Listen to a Story
FLORIDA MCGRAW-HILL TREASURES EBOOKS - http://www.mhln.com/corsair/isbn/MMH/FL09/pe/treas_g2/treas_g2.html?chapter=null&page=null&anchory=null
TUMBLEBOOKS - a fun and interactive library of animated, talking storybooks for beginning readers and older bookworms as well. http://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/kids/tumblebooks.html
CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG - Listen to stories about Clifford! http://teacher.scholastic.com/clifford1/
STARFALL - Listen to many fiction and nonfiction texts! http://www.starfall.com/n/level-c/fiction-nonfiction/load.htm?f
STARFALL - Listen to Folk Tales! http://www.starfall.com/n/level-c/folk-tales/load.htm?f
STARFALL - Listen to 3 different plays! http://www.starfall.com/n/level-c/plays/load.htm?f
STARFALL- Listen to Greek Myths! http://www.starfall.com/n/level-c/greek-myths/load.htm?f
STARFALL - Listen to Chinese Fables! http://www.starfall.com/n/level-c/chinese-fables/load.htm?f
STARFALL - Listen to some silly comics! http://www.starfall.com/n/level-c/comics/load.htm?f
BOOKPALS - Listen to online stories read by real actors! http://www.storylineonline.net/
BOOK POP - Listen to more internet stories and books. http://www.bookpop.com/
READING RAINBOW - Listen to many beloved stories online. http://pbskids.org/readingrainbow/
READING PLANET - Read along stories and songs! http://www.rif.org/readingplanet/content/read_aloud_stories.mspx
STORYTIME WITH ROBERT MUNSCH Listen to stories written by this favorite author!
Listen to many online stories here! http://kids.aol.com/KOL/1/KOLJrStories
A NEW CHAPTER IN KIDS' STORIES! http://www.speakaboos.com/
READ ALONG STORIES AND SONGS! http://www.rif.org/readingplanet/content/read_aloud_stories.mspx
AUTHOR FRANK ASCH'S ANIMATED BOOKS! http://www.frankasch.com/animatedbooks.html
Read to Self
When students choose Read to Self, students read good-fit books independently from their book boxes. Students take their book box and find a cozy reading spot around the room.
Why do we do this? The best way to become a better reader is to pratice, practice, practice each day! Read to Self helps us become better readers and it is fun!
Read to Someone
When students choose Read to Someone, partners take their book boxes and read just-right books together. Partners are taught to sit "EEKK" style always when partner reading (elbow to elbow, knee to knee). Students make decisions together about where they want to read, what they want to read (same book or different books), and how they want to read (echo or choral). Students are carefully taught to CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING when partner reading. This helps us improve our comprehension. While one student reads, the other student listens carefully and then "checks for understanding". The listener holds up a check-mark and retells what he/she heard by saying: "I heard you say (who & what)." This holds the listener accountable. Students are also carefully taught how to be good reading coaches and to assist partners when they come to an unknown word or when comprehension is lost.
Why do we do this? Reading with a partner is fun and helps us become more fluent readers. It also helps us improve our reading comprehension. A MUST-DO activity each week is to read the anthology story from our basal with a partner.
Listen to Reading
When students choose Listen to Reading, they can either listen to stories on the computer or books on tape.
Why do we do this? Listening to books on tape is fun and helps us to become more fluent readers. It exposes us to a variety of genre, too!
When students choose Word Work, they explore and work with our weekly spelling and vocabulary words. A MUST-DO activity each week is to RAINBOW Words our spelling words. After this is complete, students can choose from the following word work options: spelling task cards, magnetic letters and cookie tray, spelling stamps, word ladders & letter tiles, and white boards.
Why do we do this? Work work allows us to learn about words, to expand our vocabularies, and to become better spellers! Our writing is important to us and correct spelling allows our readers to have a better understanding and appreciation of our writing.
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Students work on writing stories.