My weekend project is tidying up a document in which I list, categorize, and link all of the story activities that I’ve done/do. This means that I need to make sure that I have a specific post for each of them!
You may have read about this in my lesson plan overviews for Houdini or Esperanza, or you may have missed those posts.
A sound effects read-aloud is a great during-reading strategy to use when you want to add some excitement to the reading process and/or when there is vocabulary in a chapter with which students are not very familiar. Simply assign sound effects to select vocabulary in the chapter (don’t overdue it!), and then assign each sound effects to several students. I typically use this when reading a new text, but it could also be used when reading a story that was previously asked in class.
- Select the vocabulary that you want to emphasize, either because it is unfamiliar or because it lends itself nicely to sound effects.
Type up each structure on a card and write a description of the sound effect. I recommend including all permutations of the structure, since students can be brain-dead sometimes 🙂 See an example here.
Instead of using sound effects, Cindy Hitz uses TPR to do the same thing! I suggest adding both strategies into your rotation so that your students stay engaged in reading!