Tune in to Podcasts
A frequent question parents ask teachers is how to grow their child’s reading comprehension.
Students gain a deeper understanding of books when they make connections. Ask questions when reading and allow your child to do the same. Guide them to reflect and make connections from the book to their own lives, another text they have read, or the world around them. How about making a connection to media?
Check out the two podcasts below, these episodes align perfectly to our summer reading theme. Listening to audiobooks and podcasts is a great way to pique your child’s interest in a variety of topics and challenges them to grow their listening skills. Add a few to your queue for summer road trips! Want more podcast ideas? Reach out to Regina Cherill at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below for our Top 10 Kid’s Podcasts Ebook!
Episode: The Voyage of the Ocean Trash with Jenni Brandon
Listen Here: https://beta.prx.org/stories/278911
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a vast, swirling soup of trash, twice the size of Texas. Can we ever clean it up? That’s what 8 year old Ila wants to know. She lives in Hawaii and likes to pick up trash whenever she goes to the beach. She lives closer to the garbage patch than most of us. Finding the answer to her question, led us to create one of our favorite episodes of Tumble. We talk to Jenni Brandon about how she learned about the garbage patch, what it is like to be there, and what can be done about it.
Episode: What sort of life should an elephant have?
Elephants are extremely intelligent and highly social creatures who traditionally live in large family herds. But their traditional natural world isn’t perfect. In the wild, they face many dangers, including from humans. An elephant living in a zoo has a very different life, a much safer one. But they must live a life controlled by humans and cope without the support of their social herd. So, are zoos a good place for elephants? Would a ‘wild’ life necessarily be a longer, safer or better life? And, how do we even know what counts as a ‘good life’ if you are an elephant?
Remember to check in on your class pages to see additional titles recommended in our theme of nature and the environment. These selections are being updated on a weekly basis: https://sites.google.com/hilltopcds.org/communications/home