RE 5040 Fall 2011
Tonya Isenhour
integrating reading
Thu Dec 8, 2011 11:23

Sarah, I will share ideas and activities I do in my classes to integrate literacy. I do not have any data that could proof that integrating movement, motor skill etc helps with interest but there is research and data that proves that by moving and creating "motor pathways" in the brain helps student "cement" that pattern with words and movement in the brain. In other words students remember and make more "brain" connections when adding a movement. I integrate Dr. Suess rhyming words, short vowel sounds, students have to spell their weekly spelling list. For example, if my focus is on striking. The student would have a partner, a balloon and a lollipop paddle.(foam paddle with long handle) My PE objectives would be eye hand coordination, being able to make contact with object, to use forhand backhand grip. The intergration would be while sitting on a poly spot on the floor ( this keeps students from moving)I could introduce the book Horton Hatches an Egg. We could discuss the book. Students I want you to sit on your egg and tap the balloon
back and forth with your partner. After students are comfortable with that, the next step would be "everytime you strike the balloon say a word that rhymns with "hot". How many words did you and your partner rhymn with hot? You could focus on a specific short or long vowel. You could have them spell out loud their spelling words.Dr. Seuss is easy because it is familiar and I do not have to spend most of my time talking so that my students are actively engaged.
You could integrate math counting 1's, 2's 3's 5's and 10's. Also, Eric Carle books are short and easy to read quickly. Student's can imitate the animal movements. I hope this answers your question.

  • Boys' Reading Interest - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 17:38
    Outstanding! Enjoyed your strategies and the music! You have wonderful graphic organizers! Boys a really challenging-especially in the older grades! The Boys' Club is a super idea! In all of the... more
    • integrating reading - Tonya Isenhour, Thu Dec 8 11:23
      • response to Tonya - sarah patten, Thu Dec 8 21:22
        Great!! I think the more ways your whole body is trying to create new motor pathways- the better chances you will remember these useful strategies! I love the tapping of the balloon while saying... more
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RE 5040 Fall 2011