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Picture Book Pacing

The ability to read aloud well and with confidence is an important part of student development. In this lesson, students will use picture books and record videos of themselves reading aloud.
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Students will be able to accurately read aloud from a chosen picture book.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(5 minutes)
  • Tell the students that today, they are going to be spending their time reading picture books.
  • Explain that they will each take a picture book and be given a few minutes to practise reading it out loud before being recorded reading the book aloud.
(10 minutes)
  • Choose a picture book and read it aloud to them.
  • Go over the self assessment and rubric, letting them know that you expect honesty from them.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask students to quietly practise reading their books aloud to themselves or with a partner.
(45 minutes)
  • Begin calling students up one at a time to make their audio recordings. If the class has an additional adult present to help, have them positioned at the opposite end of the room or in a quiet part of the hallway. (Each reading will take approximately 5 minutes.)
  • Give each student the self assessment rubric after they have finished recording their read aloud. Have them turn it in after it is completed.

Enrichment:Students considered to be advanced verbal readers can be recorded on a video, reading the books and showing the illustrations. Advanced students may be allowed to read a more complex book for their recording.

Support:Students in need of support may be allowed one re-record. Students in need of support may be given a slightly lower level book to read aloud. Students in need of extra support may be given a different task to complete for their grade.

(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to complete their self-assessment rubrics and turn them in.
  • Students will also be assessed with your rubric.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students how they felt about their reading skills. Let them know that it is okay not feel like they did a great job; even teachers stumble over words sometimes!
  • Finally, ask students to go home and read out loud to someone, whether it be their siblings, dolls, parents, or pets.

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