We do the Daily 5 in my classroom.
(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.
General rules: <
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|
We reviewed all of these rules every day for a week. At the end of the procedure review, five students were chosen each day to listen to reading while the rest of the class either met with me for Guided Reading or did other Daily 5 Activities. The mp3 players are very simple equipment to use. Most students just need to be shown how to work the equipment 1-2 times and then they are experts. Initially, I provided individual instruction to these students after the class settled into their Daily 5 spots. Student had to have the book out and headphones on before I would show them how to work the mp3 players. It is literally a matter of pushing two buttons to turn on the mp3 player and begin the story so I only needed to speak with each student for about 15 seconds. It has gone sooooooo smoothly.
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
I created this very simple Listen To Reading Response Sheet. It’s perfect for Kindergarteners just getting started with the process. And did I mention that IT’S FREE!?!?!?! Click the image to download your free copy.
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.