Listening centers have always been one of my standard centers. Students are listening to a good model of fluent and expressive reading. An added bonus is the headphones. I love the magical effect that headphones have on my students.
Students are able to tune out the rest of the class and focus on the voice of the reader while watching the words. This is a must-have center when teaching small groups. Students are engaged which makes this center the quietest group of students in the classroom.
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TIP:
I asked my technology specialist for broken headphones which she was more than happy to provide. I cut the cords off of them. Students that want to use headphones during work time are allowed to wear these. I wrote students’ numbers on the headphones. They hang them on the sidebar of their desk. This is my way of taking preventative measures when it comes to the possibility of lice. These headphones help students who are easily distracted by noises and movement.
There are many sites that books read aloud. Below are a few of my favorites.