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Update and Rejuvenate Your Listening Center

Hi! This is Heather from Campfire Curriculum with Helpful Heather.  Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!
Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!

Update and Rejuvenate Your Listening Center

This Is My Listening Center?

Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!I want to laugh and cry at the same time when  I see this OLD tape recorder.  It brings back wonderful memories from childhood.... but it shouldn't be in our classrooms today.  They are out of date and do not teach relevant technology skills to today's children.  There are way too many of these still floating around in our school systems.  If you are still using one of these because you want to provide your students a listening center...... I have an alternative for you!


Recycle Your Old iPod

Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!
You know that you have what you consider an old iPod laying around.  If you don't you have a friend that would donate it to your classroom.  I had quite a few just sitting in a drawer and now they are being put to use in classrooms! Yayy!  After you have the iPod that you will recycle clear all of the materials off of the device.  Now you are ready to record books and load them into your new listening center portal.  If you think ahead you can create multiple audio books for students to listen to over a long weekend or break.  On my iPod I created a listening center folder where I keep all of my recorded book files.  Then there is a folder called "PLAY THIS ONE".  Using sight words that students should be able to read (my students are in first grade) easily guides them to their listening center book for the week.

Gather Your Materials

Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!
Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!Children love listening to books being read to them.  For those students that can't read the words in the text yet, turning of the page is something that needs to be prompted.  Grab a game from your own family stash!  Get your buzzer ready (I used our TABOO game) and press that button every time you want your students to turn the page.  One of the books that I chose to use for my listening center is Miss Nelson is Missing!  You can choose books from your own classroom library or your school's reading room/library.  Armed with my buzzer, book, and cell phone on recording mode.... I was ready to start!  Remember that you need to read every single page (include the dedication page) and press the buzzer every time students need to turn the page.  Give your students time to turn the page before you start reading again (a few seconds will do).  Get your family involved too!  I've had my husband, daughter, and friends record books.  My
students are intrigued by the different voices.

Now An Entire Group Can Listen!

Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!
When I found my headphone splitter I was so excited!!!  This little apparatus revolutionized my listening center.  The cost is low!  I spent approximately $10 on Amazon.  This is the exact one that is used in my classroom.  It is sturdy and fits five sets of headphones at the same time.  During the first week of school I show students a very simple "how to" guide for the use of the iPod and splitter but they are independently using it in no time!
Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!

Headphones are key!  Buying the dollar store headphones are economical but the cords tangle easy and when students are involved..... the headphones may not last very long!  After sets and sets of headphones were ruined I purchased these headphones (left).  You can find these beauties for approximately $9 and they are worth every penny!  The students keep these in gallon size bags when they are not in use and they are as nice as the day they were purchased (and the cords never get tangled).

Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Student Response to the Listening Center

Listening itself can be an enriching center or station in your classroom. I wanted there to be accountability for the time after listening where students could strengthening metacognitive strategies.  My students listen to the same story for two weeks.  That may seem like a lot but they rotate through five stations.  This means that each student may be in the listening center 2 - 3 times a week.  Each week the students are expected to complete a response activity that links to the metacognitive strategies that they are learning in our English block.  These response activities are given on Mondays.  The basic format stays the same and the second response activity is a little more in depth.  Remember, once you create these activities you have them for years to come (with maybe a simple change here for there).  You will be amazed at the responses you get from your students.  They are truly engaged in these activities and enjoy the station.  In my Miss Nelson is Missing station the first week's activity is above and the second week's station is below.  Feel free to use them!
Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!
















The Bottom Line

You can do this!  It may take some time and effort to record the books but you will have fun and it will be worth it.  Remember to look for that iPod that no one is using and recycle it (even if you have to ask friends - they'll be glad to donate it to a classroom).  Depending on which headphones you choose (and help from Amazon Prime) your total cost would be $15 - $60.  This would be an inexpensive Donor's Choose project too!  If you want to work smarter and not harder.... have each person on your grade level record themselves reading and create coordinating station activities.  What a way to bond as a grade level!

Let's Do It!

The listening center is always one of the most popular in my classroom.  The students are engaged in reading skills and learning how to use the most up to date technology.  This post shows how the listening center works in my room but I look forward to hearing from you!  Are you inspired?  I'm here to help you if you need/want advice or assistance.


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Research says children that listen to reading become fluent readers themselves.  Wouldn't you like to have your students listening to quality texts and gaining fluency skills at the same time?  If you create an updated and relevant listening center they will be in no time!  Read this post to find frugal ways to create a listening center that is relevant and fun for your classroom!
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Greetings from Reading in Room 11

Hi!  My name is Jenn from Reading in Room 11 and I am thrilled to be joining The Adventures in Literacy Land.  Through this blog I hope to share some reading strategies for struggling readers as well as some quick and easy interventions.  I am about to start my 13th year of teaching as a K-5 Instructional Specialist in Reading, and 9 of those years were also spent as a Special Education teacher.


Teaching was not on my radar in any way, not even when I started college. As a kid, I always dreamed of being a veterinarian but when I realized I would have to give an animal a shot that was no longer a career path for me!   Through a random series of events I ended up as a 1:1 Aide for a student with special needs in a preschool and that was truly a life changing event.  From that moment on I knew that I had to be a Special Education teacher and so that is what I set out to do!  Along the way I also became an Instructional Specialist.

I have a quick teacher tip for you that is a fun way to keep students engaged in a whole/small group activity - Teacher vs. Students!  Groups ask to play this daily and it makes any activity much more fun. Spoiler Alert: the teacher never wins and that’s just how the kids like it!  Here are some ways that I use it with my groups:

Click to read more about Teacher vs. Students.  A quick teacher tip that is a fun way to keep students engaged in a whole/small group activity.

1. Phonological Awareness Warm Up

When we start each group we practice phonological awareness.  Each student takes a turn blending or segmenting a word and if they get it right their team gets a point - if they get it wrong I get the point.  Since this is a task that can be tricky I am always generous with the points!


2. Letter Sounds/Sight Words/High Frequency Words/Phonetically Regular Words/any name you have for words on flashcards

Same concept as #1 - if they get the word right they get a point and if they don’t I get the point.  Depending on the student, I often offer a hint or give them another chance to read the word.  I’m sure you are beginning to see why I never win, but that’s ok because the smiles on their faces when they get a point and I don't is worth it!

3.Self-Monitoring

I’m sure that we have all encountered a reader that just blows through the text and butchers sentences without stopping if something doesn’t sound right or makes sense.  For this use of Teacher vs. Student each student in the reading group gets their own score card.  When I take turns listening to them read I give them a point if they stop when something doesn’t make sense and another point if they use a strategy to decode the word.  If I have to stop them to say they skipped a word/missed a word/read it incorrectly, I get the point.  The score is often a lot closer when we play this way, but it is a great way to get kids to slow down and think about what they are reading.

Game Over:

When the game is over the students are always happy with the win and sometimes that is enough!  Other times I let them get an extra sticker or let one of the students take the score card home.  Once in awhile I rip it up into hundreds of tiny pieces and throw it in the trash declaring that we will never play this silly game again because I never win!

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about me and how you can help engage and motivate your students with this simple game.  Can you think of another way to use this game?  Let me know in the comments!

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