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Flip Into Reading by Using Voice

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Keywords: Voice, Writing, Fluency, Reading, FlipCams, Picture Books
Subject(s): Reading
Grades K through 5
NETS-S Standard:
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
View Full Text of Standards
School: Bellaire Elementary School, Carlisle, PA
Planned By: Polly Pluta
Original Author: Polly Pluta, Carlisle
Grade Level Expectations:
1.1.4D: Demonstrate comprehension/ understanding before reading, during reading, and after reading on grade level texts
1.1.4 E : Demonstrates fluency of grade level texts
1.6.4 A: Listens critically and responds to others in small and large group situations.
1.6.4 B: Use appropriate volume and clarity in formal speaking presentations
1.7.4 A: Recognize formal and informal language used in speech, writing, and literature.
1.9.4 A: Use media and technology resources for directed and independent learning activities.
1.9.4 B: Understand media as a source of information and entertainment.
R11.A.2.3.1: Make inferences and or draw conclusions based on that information from text.
R11.A.2.6.1: Identify and or describe the author’s intended purpose of text.
L.N.1: Reading for meaning


• Introduce what “voice” is in reading. Explain that the “voice” in reading and writing help the reader feel what you are feeling when they read it. Voice is the expression of your individual personality through words.
• Demonstrate how to use “voice” in reading with one of the following trade books: Hooway for Wodney Wat, by Helen Lester or Owen, by Kevin Henkes.
• Discuss how the voice in the story is important when reading the story in your head and very important when reading the story aloud. Ask questions about the story. Ask questions in which the answers are not found in the story. Click Link below for Bloom’s Taxonomy for reading.
• Group students into small groups.
• Take students to library to choose their favorite picture book to use for reading aloud with voice. (The Librarian is a good source of books that have “voice” and for reading aloud). Click Link below for a list of books to teach voice.
• Have students read the story aloud as a small group taking turns reading so that they all understand the story.
• Assign reading parts and jobs for the story
• Practice reading with assigned parts within the group.
• Practice reading aloud with another group.
• Once the students are ready to read aloud—it is now time to video tape each group reading aloud!
o When videotaping—I use the FlipCam- the focus is on the picture and not the students reading. The video camera videotapes the pages or pictures of the book. This allows the ease of reading aloud and being videotaped! This helps the reluctant reader- read aloud—the focus is not on them!
• Have the students take close up pictures of the cover of the book—this can be used with either a digital camera or the FlipCam.

Teacher job:

• Download the FlipCam on computer
• Save as a Movie
• Press “Share” online—click “Other Web Sites” this will allow you to save the movie either on your webpage or on a interactive program like edu.Glogster.com.

PowerPoint Assessments:

• Give students a copy of Blooms Taxonomy.
• Using their picture books—they are going to create 6 activities to accompany their picture books. One activity for each skill of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
• Using a PowerPoint template- students will create their activities to accompany the picture book.

o They may use pictures throughout their presentation from the book using a digital camera.
o Slide 1- Title and Picture of Book
o Slide 2- Knowledge Activity
o Slide 3- Comprehension Activity
o Slide 4-Application Activity
o Slide 5- Analysis Activity
o Slide 6- Synthesis Activity
o Slide 7- Evaluation Activity
o Slide 8- Names of presenters

Presentation~ Students will present their audio stories to the class and demonstrate their PowerPoint Activities to the class via Glogster.
The lesson has been used with 4th graders, but can be adapted to younger students as well.
Internet Extension:
Link your Glogster or Webpage with stories and activities and send the link to other grade level teachers or to lower grade levels. Students are able to access the stories and activities during their reading independent time or if they have internet access at home. As other students listen to the stories, – they need to complete two activities the students created. If they hand in the activities to our class—our class presents them with a prize for completion of activity!
Extension to the story:
Have students create a play based on their picture book story.
Have students write a short story using voice to illustrate their stories. Giving their stories voice to the author’s feelings and thought that are not always expressed in words!
Links: Trade Books That Teach Voice
Bloom's Taxonomy For Book Reports
Materials: Integrating Technology, Web Page, Keyboarding, Writing, Literacy, Reading, Keyboards, Digital Cameras, Video Cameras, Whiteboards