Our Listening Center
Making the Most of Limited Technology
Using iPads for Listening to Reading
EPIC Listening to Reading App
Using iPods and MP3 Players
Once you are on the info page, you can rename the file (with the book’s title) and add artwork. To add artwork, drag an image of the book’s cover to your desktop and upload from there. After I have uploaded the audio file, I use glue dots to put the cd and cd case in the inside cover of each book. That way, I always have the CD and could use it if we needed to use a CD player again.
Responding to Our Reading
On the shelf of our listening center, there are 3 colored folders – blue, yellow, and green – that hold comprehension activities for each of my 3 reading groups. Just as I differentiate Word Work, I do the same for Listening to Reading. Students may choose which book they listen to (I only keep 5-7 books out at a time), and then, choose the corresponding comprehension sheet. In each folder is a response sheet for fiction and nonfiction. Based on the book students choose to listen to, they pick their recording log. The logs are leveled with more support and sentence starters in the green folder and extension activities in the blue (above grade-level folder). I change out the comprehension activities based on the Reading Street skill from the previous week (i.e. & effect, character, setting, problem & solution, theme, main idea). You can snag these differentiated recording logs here.
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