Heather, from Beg, Borrow, and Teach! here!
I'm going into my fourth year of teaching 4th grade, and I'm constantly looking for ways to make my classroom more collaborative, while providing opportunities for choice and accountability. That's why I've been curious about Daily 5 and CAFE. It really lookes like it will fit the bill! I'm excited to be writing about chapter 5, especially Listen to Reading, because it's near and dear to my heart. So I've decided to start with Listen to Reading and then do Read to Someone.
I'm a believer in the quote at the beginning of this chapter: "We need a definite purpose, a specific reason for listening, otherwise we don't pay attention and don't really hear or understand." ~Robert Montgomery~ (p. 59)
So what is the purpose for including Listen to Reading in our center rotation?Listening to reading fulfills the following needs for readers:
- Hearing good readers read with fluency.
- Hearing good readers read in character with expression.
- Gives the power of choice. Students can choose to "read" books outside their comfort or instructional level because it's more about listening to reading than deciphering the words.
- Supports ESL students and those that are missing a daily read-aloud component at home
- Students sometimes get a "false" sense of their reading level based on the books they've been "reading" at the listening center. For example, "Harry Potter" books are excellent for most readers to listen to, but not for them to try to read on their own. This is when you want to reiterate the "Good-Fit Books."
One of my Donors Choose projects was to get 4 portable tape players (walkmen for the children of the 80s) and 4 portable cd players.
I put the tape players in the blue baskets numbered 1-4, and the cd players in the white baskets numbered 5-8. I wrote numbers on the CD/tape players in Sharpie, and hot-glued the corresponding number on the basket. That way, students know which players belong in which basket.
This is a close up of the table that houses the hanging bags that hold the books on CD and books on tape. Both the book and the CD/tape are in the bag. I try to keep the CDs and tapes on seperate hanging racks. There's a pull-out drawer on wheels below. I keep the extra books and listening equipment down there. I also have a large tape player beside the baskets so students can rewind or fast forward the tapes instead of using the portables and draining the batteries.
Where do I get books, cds, and tapes for free or cheap?
- Your school library. Check out that audio section and ask your librarian for suggestions.
- Your public library. Ditto on asking for suggestions.
- Goodwill Books online. About as cheap as it gets next to yard sales and flea markets.
Here is my symbaloo webmix that has websites divided into the different Daily 5 & CAFE centers.
Read to SomeoneWhat is the purpose?
- Students have a support system when they try out new words
- The listener may hear a word that the reader misread or skipped and can gently guide them
- Students can reread things that were difficult for them to understand with a student who understood
- Upper grades students have a difficult time staying on task, especially when reading with friends.
This is the order I would teach the following:
- Review I-Pick and Good-Fit books from Read to Self (p. 70)
- You may need to do a separate I-Chart for choosing a partner depending on the needs of your class (pp. 71-72)
- EEKK (Elbow to Elbow, Knee to Knee): shown in My PowerPoint (p. 63)
- I Read, You Read: Students take turns reading different paragraphs or the same paragraph if you want to practice fluency (p. 63)
- Choral reading: both partners read the same thing at the same time (p. 63)
- Coaching or time: Use Use Reading Buddy Strategies poster to remind students how to coach each other (p. 73)
- Check for Understanding when finished each section (p. 64)
- Beth Newingham's Buddy Partnerships
- My Buddy Reading Partnerships (in the PowerPoint)
- My webmix at symbaloo with websites to integrate Daily 5 & CAFE centers
Closing ThoughtsI hope you found some things you can use and ponder. All comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated!
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