Easiest Listen to Reading Station EVER

I stumbled upon the easiest listening to reading station ever! In our district we are only given 1 iPad for the classroom… (SAY WHAT?!?!) So you have to come up with some pretty creative ideas on how to use that iPad. I used it for a listen to reading station during literacy centers.

 

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I use this app. This app (shown above) is all those old school readers we used to use for small group. You know the ones that came with the journey’s basil back when we could still use teacher editions?!

It’s great for DIFFERENTIATION!! (You know that big word that Principals like to hear!) All the books are leveled and you can tell the kids which book group they can listen to! It high lights the words and reads the books to them.

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I attached a headphone splitter (shown above) and let the kids work in their guided reading groups to listen to a book then answer these FREE worksheets to prove they listened! (And help with comprehension, or another skill that we’ve talked about in class.) These are also DIFFERENTIATED!

Here are the instructions I used, not the cutest, but it gets the job done. I attached it to the table that my iPad and splitter sits at.

Guys, this is seriously the easiest listening to reading station. The students click on an app, listen to a story and work together (or separately depending on your group) to do a worksheet, that you can use as documentation. You can see what the kids are getting (or not getting).

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Book Character Pumpkins!

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If you are looking for a fun Fall activity for your library, look no further!

My library is covered in book character pumpkins!! (What’s that, you say?) Well, what a great question!

I sent home flyers to parents inviting them to work with their students, at home, to paint their favorite book character on a pumpkin! This activity is great, because it gets parents and students working together and discussing books! *Another great thing about it, is that it’s entirely done at home! So you don’t have to mess with it except displaying them!*

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I’m taking it a step further and next week I am going to have the lower grades come and practice “voting”. The favorite pumpkin will get a PRIZE!

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This is an easy, fun and engaging activity that parents and students ADORE! Please use this and take my examples! Let me know how it works for your school!