Tutoring and Reading Aloud

Lesson Title:  Tutoring and Reading Aloud

National Family and Consumer Sciences Standards:

1.0:  Career, Community and Family Connections

1.1.6:  Develop a life plan , including pathways to acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to achieve individual, family and career goals.

4.0:  Education and Early Childhood Education, and Services

4.3.2:  Implement learning activities in all curriculum areas that meet the developmental needs of children.

4.5.3:  Demonstrate interpersonal skills that promote positive and productive relationships with children.

4.6.4:  Demonstrate enthusiasm, initiative, and commitment to program goals and improvements.

Common Core State Standards:

RST.9-10.3:  Follow precisely a multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

SL.11-12.2:  Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.


Educating students about techniques and tips to help them tutor children in a positive manner will foster positive internships.  Communication is important when dealing with elementary-age students and field site supervisor.  Also reading aloud to children is vital because it helps them acquire the information and skills they need in life.  Reading to young children promotes language acquisition and literacy development and, later on, achievement in reading comprehension and overall success in school.

Behavioral Objectives:

  • Students will define and apply positive talk in the classroom and at their internship field sites.

  • Students will practice rewording negative statements used when disciplining children to be in a positive talk statement.

  • Students will learn reading aloud techniques by watching a video demonstration.

  • Students will practice reading aloud with classmates.

  • Students will dramatize a children’s story when reading aloud at internship field site.

Time:   1 to 2 days

Materials Needed:

The following handouts could be given to students who were absent during the lesson. Tutoring and Reading Aloud Tips could also be given to specific groups to help them with their skits:

Before Teaching Lesson:

  • Check to make sure YouTube video will work

  • Arrange with elementary school to bring some “BIG” books to your classroom

  • Day before – Remind students to bring in a picture of them when they were in elementary school

Anticipatory Set:

  • As students enter the room ask students if they brought pictures of themselves when they were in elementary school.

  • Hand out Tutoring & Reading Tips Worksheet and have take a moment to reflect about when they were in elementary school.  Have them try to remember what it was like to be in elementary school – write down examples on their worksheet.

Instructional Content:

  1. Educating students about techniques and tips to help them tutor children in a positive manner will foster positive internships.  Communication is important when dealing with elementary-age students and field site supervisor.

  1. Beginning the discussion with students showing off their elementary school pictures and then sharing their memories of what it was like to be in elementary school.

  1. Lead a class discuss using Tutoring and Reading Aloud  PowerPoint presentation.  During the presentation students will fill out the Tutoring and Reading Aloud Tips worksheet.  Give an example of changing negative statements to positive talk.  Give students time to rewrite the statements in pairs.  Share examples so all students understand “positive talk”.

  1. Continue PowerPoint and taking notes.  This note sheet is a good way for students to have tutoring and reading aloud tips written down for their portfolio and to use as a study guide.  During class discuss may want to refer to the Tutoring and Reading Aloud Tips handout.  Allow students to add to the discuss especially if they have been in a Family and Consumer Sciences – Field Site Experience class.

  1. Show YouTube Video – Reading Aloud to School Age Children

  1. After going over Reading Aloud Tips, have students gather in a semi-circle on the floor and model reading them a book (“Big Book” you got from an elementary school or library) to show them how they have to change the way they interact with children as opposed to peers or adults.  Show them how to go over the cover of the book (talk about the title, the author, the pictures, have them predict what the book will be about).

  1. Now have students divide into pairs or groups of three’s.  Each group can send one group member to get a “Big Book” to practice reading to their partners.  Now the group needs to find a cozy place in the room to read.  Each student should get the chance to read aloud to their partners.  Students should practice using the reading aloud tips they just learned.

  1. Each group will now partner up with another group – and these two groups will select one of their group members to participate in a “Read Aloud” read off!.  The student who the class selects as the best reading aloud reader will win a prize!

  1. Students take written Quiz: Tutoring and Reading Aloud Tips Quiz.  Quiz also available to take online at Tutoring and Reading Aloud Online Quiz.  Teachers may access the quiz and student answers here.


  • Remind students children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child’s life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk.

Flipped Instruction/Independent Study Option:

Students may learn all of the lesson content online at KPCompass.com. The teacher may give the student the course code: VXMQNH9P  to enter they have logged onto the site. Then under “Washington State Safety Project” they can click on “Tutoring Tips”.  Click on the links to each page to learn the information and to take the associated quiz.

Teachers wishing to have their own class site on KPCompass will have instant access to all of their student progress.  For a free class site, please contact the webmaster at: Dawn_Boyden@lkstevens.wednet.edu.


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