I recently found an article in the WeAreTeachers Blog on "15 Fantastic Audioboks for Grades K-8". To view this article go to 15 Fantastic Audiobooks for Grades K-8. After reading this article I was wondering if you enjoy using audio books in your classroom. I am also going to try and create a poll.
If you do like audiobooks, check out the free young adult audiobook downloads from Sync YA Audiobooks. It's 24 books -- two each week starting on May 30. Get more info on their website and check out the Tool Kit for posters, bookmarks, and other graphics that you can download to spread the word about the books.
I've downloaded these books the past two summers, and they are high-quality books--a great way to build your audiobook library. Each week, they post two books -- one is a recent title, and the other is a classic text that explores similar themes. For example, the first week, they are pairing Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, read by Rebecca Gibel (AudioGO) with The Tempest by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (AudioGO). The full schedule is available on the site. Note that information is available on downloads for those outside the US as well (some of the books have limited geographical distribution.
I use audiobooks everyday in my classroom. I received a grant a few years ago that allowed me to purchase several Mp3 players. We chose to not buy Ipods because of the price and just bought the $30 ones from Walmart. I also purchased the entire audiobook set for the Magic Tree House series. These are books my students already enjoy so I felt they were a great place to begin to introduce audiobooks. I teach them at the beginning of the year how to use the Mp3 players including how to navigate to the book and chapter they want to hear. Once they know how to work with them they use them in the morning, during silent reading time, during literature circles (using a 5 way headphone splitter) and at the end of the day. It has allowed them the freedom of listening anywhere in the room with their Mp3 player and a paper copy of the book to follow along. No more searching for the CD you want and putting it into and out of the CD player over and over. My second graders love the audiobooks and we have not had a single Mp3 player break. Now there is a world of fluent, expressive and exciting reading for them at the touch of a button. They are so popular we now have a place for students to request audioversions of other books they would like to have added to the Mp3's.
Hi Jennifer Nelson,
Thank you for your response. It sounds like the audio books helped your second grade class practice reading and listening to the reading of many books. The Magic Tree House Series looks interesting! I have seen some of these books at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Hope you continue having success teaching.