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Reading out loud can be a real thrill for some, and a real issue for others. Teach your class that reading with inflection and fluency can be as easy as singing a song. They'll first analyze two Bobby McFerrin songs for intonation, pitch, tone, and tempo. They'll then build similar criteria to judge their reading with. They'll read parts of the book James and the Giant Peach while thinking about their reading like they would their singing.
Fourth graders, after reading with intonation and expression the book, "Richie's Rocket," by Joan Anderson, circulate in centers to create a puzzle with emotions and experiences from the ideas in the story, write the definition of words down, write each word in a complete sentence as well as list a synonym for each word. They also create a short dramatic scene from the book.
Have the class practice reading out loud to increase oral reading speed, prosody, intonation, and accuracy. They work with teachers or volunteers as they read select passages aloud. As they read, mistakes are marked, assessed, and discussed in order to help them progress as smooth and fluent oral readers.
Students, using their foreign language of study, role-play as two people meeting for the first time. They use courtesy expressions and respond to questions and prompts with correct intonation, pronunciation, and inflection. Students exchange information without using written cues.
Students listen to pitches and determine if they are in tune, flat or sharp. Using Aurelia computer software and playing as a band, students practice pitch theory, and play two-octave major scales. They practice and discuss how to tune instruments and improve their pitch.
Students recognize and adjust intonation discrepancies in unison playing. They develop an awareness of playing in tune within their section and play various exercises with their tuning slides set at various places. They adjust their slides to the point where they think they are in tune.
Partners practice reading fluency by reciting these sentence strips to each other with proper expression and intonation. There are 14 sentences provided, each from familiar stories your learners will likely recall. Partner A chooses a strip at random and reads it, first silently then aloud with expression. Partner B reads the same sentence with different phrasing, intonation, or expression, explaining why they chose to read it that way. Pairs switch roles as they move through the sentences and can even write one of their own!
Here's the teacher guide to a unit on family and family vocabulary. Sift through the ideas (a pre-test, lesson activity, and closing activity are all included), and include them in your own unit. Since visual connections are a great way to reach beginning language learners, definitely encourage your class to bring in family portraits, as suggested. This will help them recognize the French word(s) for each family member.
This units gives students opportunities to * Research the history and patterns of French settlement in Louisiana * Discover three types of music (New Orleans jazz, Cajun, Zydeco) which are representative of the Francophone presence in Louisiana. * Make connections between the rhythms of the music and those of the French language.
Practice is a great way to build skills in reading with fluency and intonation. In leveled pairs, learners read a simple passage pausing as indicated by the marks on the page. They take turns reading the passage until they are both fluent. Tip: Actors need to read scripts over and over to practice their fluency and intonation too. Why not turn simple reading passages into mini scripts? More fun and engaging.
Fourth graders, while working in centers read Richie's Rocket by Joan Anderson, and then create a puzzle using ideas, emotions, and experiences from the story. In addition, they write specific definitions for certain words, use those words in sentences, write a synonym for the word, draw a picture of the word, and create a short dramatic scene from the story.
Fifth graders view primary documents to become familiar with the causes of the American Revolutionary War. In this Causes of the American Revolution lesson plan, 5th graders answer questions based on the documents. Students complete a graphic organizer projected on an overhead projector.