I want to share a lesson that a rst grade teacher and I did a little beforeHalloween this past year. It worked quite well. As part of her curriculum Mrs. Stasys gave students a
binder that includes poems that the student will read throughout the year. They gather together onthe rug once a day and read the chosen poem aloud. They read the same poem every day for one
week so their uency and expression skills are honed. The teacher and I decided to take this one
step further- we wanted each child to record their own rendition of the poem. This gives them more
incentive to learn to speak with expression and in a natural rhythm when reading a text. Below is thelesson in as succinct of terms as I can provide. Here is a link to our nished product. Note that you
can rely heavily on the two video links to teach the students how to log in and create their characters.I think this will save you a lot of time.
Make your own voki rst so that you understand exactly how it works. Tip: You could record
yourself and create a voki that tells the students about the project to model it for them and to get
them excited for it.
2. Locate a fun poem (maybe use one with a holiday theme).3. Reserve a computer lab or laptop cart. Each student should have their own computer.4. You will need a projector in the computer lab or in your classroom.5.
Voki does not record well on Safari so I recommend using Firefox. I have not tried it on Explorer,Chrome etc. so be sure to check it out rst if you plan on using those browsers.
Create a Voki Classroom account (costs $29.99/year) and enter your students usernames and
passwords. I believe you can also do this using a free account but it may be more labor intensive.
Print the username and passwords out for the students. Our students’ usernames consisted of their last name with 603 (part of our zip code) after it. Example: nelson603. Their passwordswere their rst names, no caps. Example: mandy.
If you already have a classroom website that your students know how to use, post a voki link on it
so it is easy for them to access in the computer lab.8. It would be ideal to have two adults to help in the room when the students make their characters.9.
On a separate day, have students come to you one by one during silent reading. Record themusing using either the built in mic on your computer or your own USB mic. Save each le as the
Explain to the students that they will be reading a new poem and at the end of the week they will be
able to post themselves reading it online.
Sit in a group on the oor and practice reading the poem together as a class several times a day untilthe students can read it uently on their own.
Thursday:1. Allow for 1 hour in the lab.2.
Students come in to the lab and face the front of the room (no touching the computers just yet!).
Show them these videos that I created using Screenr.com: Video 1 Video 2
Replay Video 1 (and eventually Video 2) but pause it after each direction is said so students can