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    During Read Aloud
    By TDSteacher

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    During read aloud, I let my students do other activities that are quiet and not language-based. This would include drawing, knitting, working puzzles, playing with tangrams, etc. Of course, when we stop to talk about the story, they have to stop their other activities and join in, so they still have to listen carefully. My one exception to this rule is on the first and last day of a book, when I want their full, undivided attention and emotional involvement.

    It's something I've always done, but I read a study last year that said that the brain can multitask most effectively when the tasks call on different areas of the brain (thus the non-language-based activity rule). I currently teach 5th grade, but I have used this practice with students as young as 3rd.

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