Educators have recognized the value of recorded texts and have been infusing them within the everyday curriculum. One Goal of using Audio books is to bring the written text to life, allowing all readers (especially struggling ones) to connect to literature and expand their worldview.
Academics have researched the educational effects of audio books and books with CD’s and the results have been astounding. For one, listening to readings is a proven way to learn new vocabulary. A study conducted by Stahl, Richek, and Vandevier (1991) found that students who read along with audio books tremendously increased their word knowledge. That is another goal of this project to increase acquisition of new vocabulary. Recorded texts also bridge the gap for students attempting to read above their independent reading level and scaffold the developing skills of struggling readers. One of the biggest goals of this project is to help struggling readers. Since struggling readers do not have to decode the text when listening to an audio book, their cognitive load gets lighter, allowing students to deeply focus on what the text is about. In essence, comprehension is increased and reading time is maximized, translating into a greater engagement with literature.

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Bringing Reading To Life Through Listening and Learning

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School:
Belle Glade Elementary 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Lucinda Holden 
Students Impacted:
20 
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Date:
July 10, 2018

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Goal

Educators have recognized the value of recorded texts and have been infusing them within the everyday curriculum. One Goal of using Audio books is to bring the written text to life, allowing all readers (especially struggling ones) to connect to literature and expand their worldview.
Academics have researched the educational effects of audio books and books with CD’s and the results have been astounding. For one, listening to readings is a proven way to learn new vocabulary. A study conducted by Stahl, Richek, and Vandevier (1991) found that students who read along with audio books tremendously increased their word knowledge. That is another goal of this project to increase acquisition of new vocabulary. Recorded texts also bridge the gap for students attempting to read above their independent reading level and scaffold the developing skills of struggling readers. One of the biggest goals of this project is to help struggling readers. Since struggling readers do not have to decode the text when listening to an audio book, their cognitive load gets lighter, allowing students to deeply focus on what the text is about. In essence, comprehension is increased and reading time is maximized, translating into a greater engagement with literature.
 

 

What will be done with my students

The first step in increasing reading achievement is to provide students with quality, age-appropriate books that will encourage them to read.
This proposal aims to purchase popular book titles with an audio CD and create a listening library within the classroom for readers to read at school during independent reading time and/or Guided Reading. Each student would also read along with the accompanying text while listening to the respective audio CD that accompanies the book. Consequently, students’ overall literacy achievement and motivation to read would increase dramatically.  

 

Benefits to my students

This project will help ESOL ( English Speakers of Other Languages) students acquire vocabulary and language skills as the listen to the stories and follow along they will learn new vocabulary and hear the spoken English language. This will also benefit students with learning disabilities (ESE students). They can follow along and listen to stories even if they are a struggling reader. This project will help ALL students increase their acquisition of new vocabulary. Another benefit is that recorded texts also helps scaffold the developing skills of struggling readers. Another benefit of this project is students'comprehension is increased and reading time is maximized, this will lead to a greater engagement with literature.

 

 

Budget Narrative

All listening center books with CD's will be purchased from Lake Shore Learning.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Ready to go Listening center for 8 $199.00
2 Informational Read along set $139.00
3 My First I can Read Along set $159.00
4 Fairy Tales Read Along set $169.00
5 Level C-G Read Along set $215.00
6 Level G-H Read Along set $215.00
  Total: $1,096.00

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