IN-CLASS READING ACTIVITIES
The following reading activities can be used for any type of reading being done in your class.

CHORAL READING
  • Reading aloud in unison with a whole class or a group of students
  • Helps students build fluency, self-confidence, and motivation
  • Because students are reading aloud together, those who may ordinarily feel self-conscious or nervous about reading aloud have built-in support
  • Can be done in pairs, groups, or class

READERS THEATER
  • Variation of choral reading with assigned parts and simple staged presentation of the text with individuals or partners reading aloud
  • Reading from a script (not memorized)
  • Gives motivation to re-read
  • Can be done in groups or whole class

RADIO READING – VERSION #1
  • Reader reads aloud
  • No one else has the text
  • Ask questions based on the reading
  • Gets students to listen
  • Use props (microphone)
  • Can be done in partners, small groups, or as a whole class

RADIO READING – VERSION #2
  • After listening to a text, group closes books and listens to the “broadcast” given by the reader (with emphasis placed on meaning, not on perfect memory).
  • Following the radio reading, listeners summarize what was read. If any part is unclear, text is checked for clarification
  • Can be done in small groups or as a whole class

ECHO READING
  • Occurs when the teacher (or student) reads a sentence orally
  • Students then repeat what as been said with the same intonation
  • Can have kids read and echo each other

MICROPHONE READING
  • Readers read a text into a pretend or a live microphone
  • Can be combined with echo reading having others repeat back what was read

DROP WORD READING
  • Students work with a partner or group
  • Each person reads a portion of the assigned reading
  • Reader stops at least once a paragraph allowing the other readers to supply the next word in the passage

POP UP WORDS
  • Students are given words to listen for ahead of time.
  • When students hear words read/mentioned in class, they must stand up
  • Instead of having students stand up, can have them wave flag or raise hand
  • Helps students stay focused
  • Students may have the same words or be given different words