RE 5040 Fall 2011
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atkinssh
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Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:43
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My fifth grade students were not embarassed, actually. Because they were used to each other and have been coming to my classroom together since the beginning of the year, they were already friends and knew each other well. This particular group of fifth graders also love being read to, and I relish in the chance to do so whenever the opportunity arises. I could see how echo reading with fourth or fifth graders in a regular classroom be embarssing if you did not ask the whole class to participate. I think, if even students were pulled to the back of the room while other students work independently on other assignments, it would be embarassing for them and I wouldn't ask them to do it. However, echo or choral reading with the entire class wouldn't be embarassing, since everyone would be expected to participate. Lori Beasley says that she still uses these strategies in fourth grade, but I think she does it with th whole class.

  • Reader's Theater - burchamal, Mon Nov 21 16:41
    Good Job on the presentation. I've found that in fourth grade, fluency is something that even my higher level reading students tend to need guidance. I think Reader's Theater would be the best... more
    • echo/choral reading - Marlee Wright, Mon Nov 28 23:40
      I wondered about the echo reading for fifth graders, too - I would have thought they would enjoy the choral readings, but I did wonder if they'd balk at echo reading. We do use it a lot at the lower... more
      • Choral Reading - burchamal, Sat Dec 10 07:51
        We took our 4th graders on a field trip to Heritage Theater in Winston Salem. There they are given scripts and perform a play. There is A LOT of choral and echo reading within the play and the kids... more
    • Reply - atkinssh, Tue Nov 22 12:43
      • making adjustments - Ruth Ann Timmons, Wed Nov 30 00:56
        When working with students, as all of us know, it is important to constantly monitor and adjust our instruction based on their needs. I think this includes paying attention to their interest level,... more
        • another overlooked fluency strategy - koppenhaverd, Sun Dec 4 12:02
          Anyone who is 30 or older probably went to school when and where no one taught reading fluency. My guess is (nearly) all of us read fluently. The way that we became that way was reading tons of stuff ... more
          • Re: another overlooked fluency strategy - Nakita Carson, Wed Dec 7 20:04
            I remember we did reading groups on our levels in a basal. Most of our interaction with books came when my teachers did read alouds with us.
    • Reader's Theater - MaryBeth, Tue Nov 22 09:37
      I was wondering the same thing about reader's theater. I would think that the upper elementary grades would enjoy it the most as compared to choral or echo reading.
      • Reply to MaryBeth - beasleycm, Wed Nov 23 10:26
        Echo and Choral reading are effective strategies to use with students. However, I have not tried it with upper elementary students. Even with my second graders, they began to get bored with it after... more
        • Re: Reply to MaryBeth - whitney fisher, Mon Dec 12 18:10
          I have noticed that too! Many times older students do not want to read together as a group and so they try to pretend and act like they are reading. They do enjoy having their own parts to speak in... more
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RE 5040 Fall 2011