Lesson Plan

Create Your Own Audio Books for Daily 5

Students make audio recordings for younger students listening pleasure
Emily S.
Technology coordinator
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
Objectives

Students will be able to...

Transferable GOAL:

Effectively communicate for different purposes and varied audiences using appropriate digital media.

 

I CAN statement: 

3rd: I CAN create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace to enhance certain facts or details.

2nd: I CAN create audio recordings of stories or poems, add drawings or other visual displays to stories to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

 

Enduring Understanding: 

Sound, rhythm, and expression can help readers interpret the meaning of stories and poems.

Essential Questions:

  • What do good readers do? 
  • How can digital media enhance an audio recording?
  • How does what I am reading impact how I am reading?

Technology Skills

  • Create and edit a story using digital media
  • add voice, music, sound effects to a digital story
  • add images and text to a digital story
  • scan and watch a QR code

Click here for details on how this lesson was implemented in my school. 

Subjects
English Language Arts
reading fluency
reading
speaking
Grades 2 - 3
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Tell students that the kindergarten and first grade teachers at their school need more audio books for their students to listen to during daily 5 “listen to reading.”  Their task is to use digital media to create an engaging audio recording. They will explore how sound, rhythm, and expression can help readers interpret the meaning of stories and poems. Start by sharing some audio recordings on YouTube that demonstrate this. Some great examples are The Little Old Woman Who Was Not Afraid of Anything,  Harry and the Terrible Whatzit, and Catching the Moon from Storyline Online.

2 Direct Instruction

Google Drive
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Analyze the YouTube videos to answer the essential questions.  Ask these essential questions (possible answers students may find):

What do good readers do? 

  • When they read, it sounds like they are talking (inflection in their voice)
  • They use different voices for different characters
  • They don't read too fast or too slow

How can digital media enhance an audio recording?

  • Music is added or they sing the words
  • They add sound effects 

How does what I am reading impact how I am reading?

  • The readers express emotion when they sound scared during a scary part or happy when the character is happy. The listener may not understand what is happening in the story if the reader does not express the emotion when they are reading. 

Record their observations to these questions on a google doc. Let students know that they need to use these strategies when creating their own audio books. 

3 Guided Practice

iMovie
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Students need to pick a book that they like and a book that they can read fluently. Once students have chosen the book that they are going to record, show them how to use the iMovie app to  teach the following mini lessons:

  • take pictures of the illustrations in the book and add them to the audio recording
  • record student voice
  • add sound effects
  • add titles

4 Independent Practice/ Summative Performance Task

iMovie
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Goal:

Your task is to use digital media to create an engaging audio recording.

 

Role:

Your job is to perform and produce an engaging audio recording that demonstrates fluid reading at an understandable pace.

 

Audience:

Your target audience is kindergarten and 1st grade students.

 

Situation:

Kindergarten and first grade teachers at our school need more audio books for their students to listen to during daily 5 “listen to reading.” Your challenge is to contribute to the learning of others by creating an engaging audio book for these students.

 

Performance:

You will create an audio recording that includes the title, author, illustrator, and narrator (that’s you!) of the story. It will also include pictures and at least 3 sound effects. You will explore how sound, rhythm, and expression can help readers interpret the meaning of stories and poems persevere when presented with challenges.

 

5 Wrap Up

Turn student audio recordings into QR codes on qrstuff.com.  Put QR codes into K-1 classrooms for students to scan and listen.