Overview: This lesson helps struggling readers with decoding and fluency through movement.
When students have difficulty with reading, there could be many factors. It might be that they can’t decode the actual words. Or, it could be a fluency issue. Or maybe, they can’t chunk the information to make a summary make sense in their mind. Dancing helps with all of that.
When you dance, you are interpreting information (decoding) and you can’t stop in the middle of a move. Your body is in motion and constantly is preparing for the next move while you’re still in motion with the current move (fluency). In today’s reading lesson, we use dance to help with summarizing information into a beginning, middle and end story sequence (chunking).
You can use this at all levels, but it is most helpful for struggling readers, or new readers (grades 1-3).
As always, let us know what your thoughts are about the lesson – will you use it, what are you excited to try, how did you interpret this lesson in your own teaching? I’m excited to hear your ideas!
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.