Read Alouds
Mon Jul 8, 2013 11:03

I have done all sorts of books for read aloud. I've read Harry Potter, Fever 1793, The Lemonade War (a favorite), Percy Jackson, The City of Ember, Sedako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, The Tale of Desperaux, Because of Winn Dixie, just to name a few. I'll also do shorter picture books on occasion too. It just depends on what my purpose is, you know what I mean? Sometimes I'm doing a read aloud because I'm trying to help teach skills and then other times I do it just for the pleasure of reading a good story. I usually try to read from a longer novel a little bit every day for enjoyment just to fill in our downtime, like before dismissal or just before lunch. It keeps the kids engaged and they really seem to enjoy listening to a story. I think with bigger kids, they aren't often read to anymore so it is a nice change of pace for them. A lot of times I'll pick out a few books and let the class pick one or I'll even open it to suggestions from students.

There are always slight differences in the counties but there are a lot of similarities too. I think the biggest differences between those three counties are just the populations of people. Cumberland County is home to Fort Bragg. There was always a lot of turn over and students moving in and out (teachers too). It was also a larger city (Fayetteville is the sixth largest city in NC) The school I taught at was more inner-city with a lot of crime in the neighborhood and very high poverty. You couldn't get parents to come in for anything. For parent-teacher conferences, you were lucky to have six parents show up. In Wilkes County the population is a lot more stable. Most people were born and raised there for several generations. The school I taught at was more rural. It had a higher poverty rate but not as high as in Cumberland County. However, parents were very involved and very supportive. Here in Catawba County, the population is kind of like a mix between Cumberland and Wilkes. You have a lot of people who were born and raised for several generations from here but you also have a lot of people from different parts of the country/world that have moved in to the area. My current school is still rural (even though we're only about fifteen minutes from Mooresville and about 30 minutes from Charlotte) but we're at the opposite end of the poverty spectrum. My current school is not Title 1 (unlike the previous two). The parents are very involved and are always wanting to come in and volunteer. So, I think in many ways the differences have come in more from the school climate and less from the system themselves, if that makes any sense at all.

  • Maria Lohr Reply - Heather Fisher, Sun Jul 7 20:00
    Maria, I am interested to know what types of books have you done for read aloud in fourth grade? I am trying to read as much as I can this summer to prepare for the school year, however; the summer... more
    • Read Alouds - lohrmk, Mon Jul 8 11:03
      • Thank you! - Heather Fisher, Mon Jul 8 11:20
        Thank you so much for the read aloud ideas. I just pinned alot of fourth and fifth grade read alouds to my Pinterest board "Tools for Literacy." I agree that "big kids" still want to be read to and... more
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