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.
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.
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).
In our libraries, I have created mock voting booths. The students are learning about the candidates and are encouraged to vote for who they believe should be president. This has been such a fun activity and it really gets kids excited about a civic duty many of us take for granted. It’s also been fun to actually research the candidates myself and decide who I believe would best lead our country.
Feel free to use my examples!
I used a trifold to display the information on each candidates. I got this information from Scholastic. Copyright is provided on each page. (After, I’ve introduced each candidate to the students.) Next to the candidate’s bio, there is an example of what it would look like if you wanted to vote for that candidate.
Taped to the table are the instructions for voting and an empty tissue box where you place your voting-ballot! It was easy to put together, but it’s been such a success and the kids are very excited.
Since Pokemon is EVERYWHERE right now. I’m going to use it to my advantage.
Here are some displays (and display ideas) for my library that I’ll be building this year.
Book display ideas:
I was thinking of putting pictures of the recognizable pokemon like; Squirtle, Charmander, Pikachu, Duduo, etc. And having books under them that are nonfiction, but the same types of animals. For example:
A table that says “Love Pokemon? Then you’ll love these books!”
Then pictures of pokemon like:
Do you get the picture? This could be a great way to get students who are not interested in reading, really interested in reading. I’m not sure how long Pokemon Go is going to last, but let’s use it academically!
What are your thoughts? What’s something you’ve done?
For the Pigeon needs a bath I utilized TGIF’s blog and TPT store. You can view her stuff here and here.
For Leonardo the Terrible Monster, I couldn’t find anything that I thought was challenging enough. So I had the kids fill out this worksheet. Then we got to create our own monster and did a double bubble comparing the two monsters.
We did a ton more, but I can’t post everythinggggggg. Let me know what Author Studies you’ve done!