Substitute Lesson Ideas – Read Along Activities & Resources

This works really well for JK to Grade 3, and is a life-saver for a substitute with no musical training. Many of the books also work well with Character Education.

I have a number of story books that have a song on CD or cassette. The sub can simply play the CD/cassette and turn the pages for the students, then, if there is time, read over the words with the group, discuss the message and pictures. A box of shaker eggs or castanets or other simple percussion instruments can be given to students to play along on a second reading, and kids can get up and move as well.

A list of good books for this activity:

– We All Sing with the Same Voice (As seen on Sesame Street) by J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene

– Don’t Laugh at Me by Steve Seskin & Allen Shamblin

– Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

– Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow & Lenny Lipton

– Peter and the Wolf: 2 versions, 1 is Walt Disney, the other is Illustrated by Peter Malone, Retold by Janet

Schulman, Recording by the Cincinnati Pops direct. by Erich Kunzel, publ. Alfred A. Knopf

– There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback (comes with a DVD)

– What a Wonderful World by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele, illustrated by Ashley Bryan

– Ellison the Elephant by Eric Drachman

– Baby Beluga by Raffi, Illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Submitted by Karen Ross

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