ERIC Number: EJ1025708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
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Let's Bring Back the Magic of Song for Teaching Reading
Iwasaki, Becky; Rasinski, Timothy; Yildirim, Kasim; Zimmerman, Belinda S.
Reading Teacher, v67 n2 p137-141 Oct 2013
Based on a first grade teacher's search for approaches to promote successful reading acquisition in her first grade classroom, the authors present a curricular engagement in which the teacher explored using music, specifically singing songs, as a fun and motivating way to accelerate reading progress. The premise is that singing (while at the same time having a visual display of the words in the songs) can be a very useful instructional tool to teach reading to beginning readers. The process involves learning one new song (accompanied by the printed lyrics) per week, followed by repeated readings/singings, discussions of content, and activities related to phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and word work. The children made on average more than a year's reading growth during the duration of the teacher's investigation. This article explores the possibilities and benefits of having beginning and/or struggling readers sing as an instructional strategy to enhance reading progress.
Descriptors: Grade 1, Reading Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Singing, Music Activities, Teaching Methods, Creative Teaching, Multisensory Learning, Beginning Reading, Reading Skills, Instructional Effectiveness, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Reading Fluency
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 1; Elementary Education
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