monday’s 10:15 question

Posted: June 20, 2011 by merryl in Uncategorized

What have you already done in your classrooms that uses the arts to teach reading?!

  1. Liz Henderson says:

    I have used the app Puppet Pals to act out a story we’ve read.

  2. Lawrence says:

    I have read a section from Pippi Longstocking where the character is described in detail. I had the students listen to the description several times and draw what the author was describing in words.

  3. Jean Morris says:

    I learned how to make mini books to use/ display standards for reading, i.e. sequencing, beginning, middle, end

  4. Barbara Jackson says:

    I learned how to make 2 different types of books. I also learned how to teach drawing a person using proportions and using gestures.

  5. Claudia Ramirez says:

    I learned how to use our voice, body, and imagination to express ourselves…

  6. Wes Sechrest says:

    We occasionally stop in the middle of a story and do an activity that is called a “stop and draw”. The idea is that the student is to summarize in both words and pictures what they understand so far in the story. It is an exercise that is used to help them with comprehension strategies such as “main idea” and “sequencing”.

  7. Sara Wilson says:

    In my classroom, I have used different flip books to teach reading concepts. I have also used drawings and paintings that correlate with different stories in our HM reading series.

  8. Karanne Stark says:

    I always try to incorporate Reader’s Theatre during the school year. I also do an artist study on Picasso, and the students end up drawing their own self-portraits.

  9. mraymond says:

    Reader’s theaters, bookmaking for story structure, plot, and vocabulary, illustrations of stories, poetry, songs, chants are some of the ways I have integrated the arts into our curriculums.

  10. Shannon Russell and Karol Bickel says:

    Art projects to help students connect and apply vocabulary
    Art projects to explore themes, sequence events, and main idea/detail
    Reader’s theater

  11. sandra craig says:

    I have used reader’s theater, songs to teach social studies content, scrapbook projects for reading chapter books, the use of foldables, manipulatives such as playdough to do story summaries, drawings and painting with water colors, paper puppets.

  12. Elaine says:

    Stick puppet play to dramatize Fox in the Moon.
    Thanksgiving play in reference to the reading selection Across the Wide Dark Sea

  13. Myrna Gonzalez says:

    I have used movements to get across new vocabulary and art projects that relate to each theme or story.

  14. Christy says:

    After reading a story, such as Nights of the Pufflings, my lead my students in a directed drawing of a puffin. The students then wrote a story based on the factual information that we learned from the book. Then we wrote a creative acrostic poem with the word puffins.

  15. Barbara Jackson says:

    In my classroom I use:
    acting out vocabulary words
    using pictures to remember vocabulary words
    lecture notes
    drawing beginning, middle, end of story to help write summary
    drawing setting(when, where), characters, and plot to make a topic sentence

  16. Monica says:

    I have had my students practice reader’s theater to help with their fluency and comprehension. This has helped a lot with my struggling readers and they enjoy practicing reading their scripts with others. I have used our stories from our curriculum and made them into shorter stories for them to reread daily.

  17. Norma Rathgaber says:

    I have a play every year in fall. Also, we recite poems and sing songs from time to time.

  18. norma wales says:

    Discussed the illustrations to reinforce comprehension, readers theater, plays for ELD

  19. Jennifer says:

    I have used ‘lecture notes’ to summarize/illustrate the details of a story, I have made flip-books, and acted out vocabulary with the students.

  20. Nickie Rail says:

    I have used readers theater in my own classroom. I have seen kids that were super shy come completely out of their shell and change they way they behave in class for years to come. =)

  21. Diane Hamilton says:

    We used the dialogue in a story to write a script to act out.

  22. Patricia Johnson says:

    I have had students do art projects that go with a story, but have never really “taught” art during reading.

  23. Julie Brackx says:

    I have used puppets and the app Puppet Pals to recreate scenes from our HM story selections. I also have done art projects to inspire our themed writing assignments. I try to do some art or craft activity with each story selection.

  24. L.G. says:

    I have used Reader’s Theatre and visual arts to teach Reading, Social Studies, Science, and even Math. I am by no means completely comfortable teaching all the standards using the VAPA standards. I look forward to using other art forms that I will be learning this week, as well as learning more about those art forms I have used in my classroom. Thanks for this opportunity to learn more to enhance my lessons.

  25. Jackie A says:

    Look at illustrations and look at the middle ground, fore ground and back ground. alk about the different colors and values on the pictures.

  26. Lisa Kusick says:

    I”ve used Reader’s Theater.

  27. bc says:

    My students and I discuss elements of stories and art when previewing books with picture walks and looking for elements of visual design. This is a great way to front-load a story and assess students’ prior knowledge. Learning the elements and vocabulary of visual design are helpful in providing a common language and empowering students to describe their artistic perception and take notice of what the illustrator is focusing on in the illustrations.

  28. Margaret Lyons says:

    I try to have students draw (illustrate) often, but since I feel I am not good at drawing, I offer them no formal instruction. So while they enjoy it and can convey meaning, their art skills never improve.

    I also incorporate readers’ theater occasionally, but it is usually without acting. I feel pressed for time,so memorization seems difficult.

  29. Kathy says:

    The students make accordian books with a Cover Page, and a summary of each chapter with an illustration. When they are finished, they have a mini version of the novel we read together in class It is more enjoyable to draw the picture first and then write the 2-3 sentence summary.

  30. Heather says:

    I use TPR to learn vocabulary words in all subject areas. We also create lecture notes to learn the various parts of our stories. I also have the students draw illustrations of parts of the story as they listen to it on c.d. before seeing the authors illustrations.

  31. Liliana Gordon-Gonzalez says:

    I have students act out the story.

  32. Debbie Seever says:

    Students create a tri-fold book in which they summarize beginning-middle-end and create illustrations to accompany their summary.

  33. Fernando says:

    My class acted out Hats for Sale and Goggles. We have also drawn point perspective drawings of our neighborhood.

  34. Debbie says:

    For book reports, I have my students draw pictures to show comparing and contrasting events, or have them illustrate their favorite part of the the story. We act out vocabulary to learn it. We do Reader’s Theater at times.

  35. Jamie Lewis says:

    i have used Reader’s Theater across the curriculum. I also team taught with lower elementary teacher and used her creativity to reinforce subject matter taught in my class. She used multiple forms of media (theater, painting, set design, etc.). I used digital media to created movies and slide shows.

  36. Kathy Johns says:

    I have had students illustrate parts of stories or vocabulary from the stories. We have illustrated multiple meaning words, idioms and homonyms. I try to incorporate music if it fits with certain stories. They have written and illustrated Pourquoi Tales. We have done some reader’s theater. We have also practiced reading dialogue with expression.

  37. Lilly Ellefsen says:

    I have done theatre, visual arts, dance and music.

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  39. james chapman says:

    I use songs and chants to teach vocabulary. I also use reader ‘s theatre, puppet shows, and plays. I also try to have one piece of visual arts. for each story.

  40. rebecca vogel says:

    Creating visual representations of stories as well as acting out parts of the stories.

  41. arlene says:

    readers, theatre, various types of art

  42. Sarah Barrera says:

    I used Reader’s Theatre in my classroom to engage students in fun reading activities.

  43. Leandra Nunez says:

    Taking the new vocabulary words from each story in our anthology students choose one word to illustrate their understanding. I also try to choose a short readers theater twice a month that I can tie into the HM theme.

  44. Julie Romero says:

    Having participated in SUAVE for many years, I’ve learned to use pantomime, dance, readers theater and visual arts as I teach reading. We have used pantomime to retell stories, used readers theater to share stories with other classes and when we encounter cool illustrations, we have made artwork in a similar style.

  45. arlene says:

    readers theatre, puppet shows, various types of art

  46. Charles Finn says:

    I do skits and plays with students, and create picture books.

  47. Donna Wilkins says:

    One strategy which I use is for students to use their public voice while reading out loud. Another is for them to focus on their body language so others can view their attitude.

  48. Nancy Taylor says:

    I use Reader’s Theater in my classroom. I also use literature groups in which each student is assigned a part of the story or book.

  49. Rosa M. Venegas says:

    Day and Night city scenes. Puffin and deer drawings and paintings. Pattern talking clothes.

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