Reading PK-3

Systems Change



Reading aloud regularly exposes students to new and familiar vocabulary and texts. Listening to and observing fluent readers provides a helpful model for learners to understand how to engage with texts and develop their own reading abilities.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how a first grade teacher uses a read-aloud to dive deeper into a text. By pausing during the reading to verbalize her thoughts, she models questioning, inferencing, and using context cues. With these supportive prompts, students are able to practice these strategies to develop their Narrative Skills and connect elements of the text with their Background Knowledge.

  • Providing read-aloud prompts before, during, and after reading provides an integrated, rich reading experience that leads to more active engagement, stronger Attention, and contextualized Vocabulary development. Guiding students with prompts and questions that deepen their comprehension while reading also supports their development of Narrative Skills.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn how MeeGenius allows users to not only listen to narrated books but also follow along by highlighting the words as they are being read. Having the audio pronunciation simultaneously with a visual highlight cue helps early readers develop Decoding, Phonological Awareness, Morphological Awareness, and Sight Recognition.

  • Audiobooks and human-voice text-to-speech software can provide more opportunities for students to hear fluent readers. A teacher or developer can also provide visuals that further support comprehension of the text to bring visual Working Memory into action too.