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How Can You Use Audio in the Classroom?

There are many ways to use recorded books in the classroom, but here are some of the most popular tried-and-true methods for engaging your readers with audiobooks. On this site, you’ll find four sample audio excerpts, each accompanied by a teacher-tested lesson plan and reproducible to build and reinforce reading skills.

Audiobooks support literature study and motivate kids to enjoy literature, and they help develop reading skills such as comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. Recorded books can be used anytime by ESL students or others who struggle with print text, or who need help accessing the book in order to keep up with the class. Using audio lets them take personal control of their study and repeat material as often as they like. Also try using audio for students who want or need to read more difficult books, but struggle with comprehension—recorded books can help bridge the gap.

Small novel groups
Start one group listening while having a discussion with a second group, and have a third group work independently. Switch groups once the first group is done with the required listening. The discussion group will work independently, the listening group moves on to discuss what they’ve listened to, and the independent group listens together. Each group then gets to listen and discuss the audio excerpt in three different ways, keeping things exciting and making sure all learning needs are addressed.

Whole class listening
As a class, listen to the audio sample in each of the lesson plans on this site. Students should follow along with their copies of the print book. After listening, discuss what you’ve read and heard as a class. You may want to alternate the audiobook sample with students reading with a partner, round robin reading, or teacher reading.

Next, share the lesson plans and downloadable reproducibles on this site to encourage students to discuss and analyze what they heard and read, deepening their reading comprehension skills.

Independent Reading
Let students try out the audio samples for independent reading during downtime, reinforcing what they’ve learned in class. When students pick out what they want to read, they are more likely to enjoy reading and will become more confident with assigned reading. Have students further explore the titles by completing the downloadable reproducibles found on this site.

Encourage students to expand into different technologies by posting reviews of their independent reading titles online, starting an online book review blog, or creating video book talks for an online video network.

For more ideas on how to use audio in the classroom, click here.

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