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Listen to Reading Response

Audiobooks have traditionally been used in schools by teachers of second-language learners, learning-disabled or -impaired students, and struggling readers or non-readers.  In recent years, with the improvements in technology and the availability in classrooms, listening to reading has become more and more popular.

Audiobooks can be used to:
  • Introduce students to books above their reading level
  • Model good interpretive reading
  • Teach critical listening
  • Highlight the humor in books
  • Introduce new genres that students might not otherwise consider
  • Introduce new vocabulary or difficult proper names or locales
  • Provide a read-aloud model

The foundation for reading development.

Reading aloud to students, regardless of their reading ability, provides them with the understanding that print has meaning and can tell a story. Young students can become familiar with the phrasing, expression, and flow of sentences in stories or texts that are read aloud to them.
A student's listening level, the level of text that he or she can understand when it is read aloud, is far above the reading level until about eighth grade. When students listen to a text that is above their reading level, they comprehend more difficult and interesting material and broaden their vocabulary. Fourth-grade students can understand texts written on a seventh-grade level, and these texts are most often more interesting and complex than those students can read on their own. For example, five- and six-year-olds usually enjoy listening to Charlotte's Web, even though it is written on a fourth-grade reading level.

I've been pinning numerous Listening to Reading response sheets lately.  The problem was, although they had many great ideas, they were too basic for my grade 4s.  They all came from K-2 classroom teachers.  My students enjoy listening to reading, but I wanted something to help them be accountable during this time.   Currently, they do a variety of tasks on lined paper (assigned by me for the week), but they all had just one focus.  So, after looking at many others, I've created this one to try out with my class tomorrow.  This sheet is a summary of many things we've discussed so far this year. 

The best part for you - you can click the picture below to download your copy free!  If you download and use, please leave me some feedback to tell me how it worked for you.
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If you're after more reading ideas, check out my Pinterest board.

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