We are already moving into Chapter of 5 of our Daily 5 Kindergarten Book Study. Man, the summer is flying by isn’t it. This chapter actually deals with ‘Read To Someone’ and ‘Listen To Reading’ so it’s been divided into two parts for this weeks study. My blogging buddy Mary, from Sharing Kindergarten, will be taking on the ‘Read to Someone’ portion, and I will be covering ‘Listen to Reading.’
While I doubt that this will be the most challenging part of Daily 5 for you to implement, the ‘sisters do a really good job of pointing out WHY listening to reading is so important. Likewise, there are definitely some logistic/organizational issues you’re going to want to think about. These are the things that I think sometimes weigh us down and keep us from moving forward. We often can understand the WHY but the HOW, WHERE and WHAT can be daunting and so we do nothing. I want to make sure we think about how this is really going to look and work in our classrooms, not just the theory behind it.
1. 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?
When there are students who haven’t had much exposure to ‘listening to reading’ it is difficult to ‘teach’ them that it’s important. I think the main thing that these little kinders need is lots of anticipation building, lots of excitement and lots of experience hearing reading. It may take bringing in some volunteer Grandma and Grandpa readers those first few weeks just to give them the experience. Or perhaps, I could create a ‘listening book in the spot light’ type of anticipatory display to create interest. Anyone else have any ideas?
2. 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 personally like to have students do a response sheet even at the beginning of their year if it’s only a picture of their favorite part of the book. I’m not big on worksheet-type stuff but I often have parents who tell me their children never have anything to say about school. If I have them refer to these listening response sheets it can be a simple way to start a conversation about what they did at school.
I kind of took some ideas from my followers and ideas of what I like to have my kiddos do and tiered them a bit and made a set that you may use if you’re interested. Just click on the picture here to download.
Also, because there are various levels of ‘writing’ abilities. I made this package editable so that you can add the title of the book if you choose to or have students write it. This is the first time I made an editable product so you guys are my guinea pigs. Let me know how you like them.