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Read & Respond- Using Show Me on iPads

As a reading specialist, I love teaching all things reading everyday! I do a combination of pull out and push in small groups with the kindergartners and 1st graders at my school.  I will post activities that I do with both grade levels and hopefully you will find the posts meaningful and useful for your classroom.  I incorporate technology on a regular basis in my teaching, so I hope you have the opportunity to use some of my ideas as well with whatever technology you have available in your classroom.  

Common Core Alignment: CCSS. ELA- Literacy. RI.K.1:
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. 

Responding to reading is a major part of my small group lessons so I regularly try to incorporate different resources to make responding interesting and informative.  This activity focused on the visualizing strategy, as it is our focus for the month of November. I used an app which I love for a variety of activities, ShowMe* (an interactive whiteboard app).  In this lesson, I first did a brief think aloud where I told a short story and drew a picture on the iPad as I spoke.  
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I then read the students a story while hiding it within a file folder so they could not see any pictures from the story.   The students then drew on the ShowMe app as I read and afterward we discussed what they included in their pictures. 
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I then had them record their voices telling about their visualization. This is a great feature of ShowMe because then if you are unable to meet with each student (if you use this in a center, for example) you can later listen to their understanding of the story. To wrap up the lesson, I showed the students the pictures from the story and we then discussed how our pictures were the same/different.  Visualizing lessons provide great insight into students’ comprehension of a story.  

*This app is also great for any other sort of reading response where you may ask the students to draw a picture of the characters, setting, etc.  I also like using it for practicing letters and making words.  

Have a great day!

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Aylin Claahsen

Providing resources and support to engage all readers.

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Hi, I'm Aylin!

I’m so happy you’re here! I’m a certified reading specialist who loves talking all things literacy. I have a huge passion for providing resources and support to engage all readers!


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