Daily read-aloud time is a staple in most classrooms, and it’s more than just engaging for your students. It’s an effective teaching strategy if done correctly. Reading aloud to your students is a critical component of language development. Young children are hearing the structure of the English language and can begin to notice the existence of print on pages.
Reading to students also builds vocabulary and provides an example of fluent reading for them. Most importantly, reading out loud encourages a love of books. The ultimate goal is to motivate students to want to read independently. Reading their favorite books to them, including Dr. Seuss, will encourage them to have a lifelong relationship with literature.
Tips for reading aloud from the CDA Council:
Be sure to preview books before reading them to make sure they are appropriate for your students
Mark places to stop and ask questions, make predictions, or make connections
Keep children’s attention by holding eye contact
Remember to speak clearly
Match the tempo of the book’s story
“Act out” the book using character voices, hand/body movements, and facial expressions
Take a few moments to do a “picture walk” before you read
Extend book-reading experiences with related activities/projects
There are endless benefits for incorporating poetry into your classroom. Introducing poetry exposes your students to the rhythm and sounds of language. Even though infants may not understand what you are saying as you read them poetry, they are still learning new sounds and structures of English. Older toddlers and preschoolers can build their vocabulary and develop phonological awareness when studying poetry. Older school-aged students can explore different types of poems and practice expressing themselves by writing their own. Dr. Seuss’ books can be used to present poetry to children of all ages, especially students who may be hesitant at first. His rhymes are humorous, relatively simple, and use imaginative and made up words, which makes them perfect for young learners!
The following pages include lesson plans that you can use in your classroom.
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