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.



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).


Don’t let the pigeon do an Author Study!

I just recently did a Mo Willems Author Study at one of my schools. It went great! Who doesn’t love Mo Willems??

For this the teachers read the book and then had students fill out this worksheet. You can find it here, and her blog is awesome and full of great resources.


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!