I have a ton of books on tapes and CD's and a big book easel. I started with the most capable students first. The ones I knew who could turn the pages at the audible page turning sounds. While the story is playing, the Guest Book Presenter turns the pages when prompted. This gives me the time I need to take care of whatever it is I need to deal with and it gives my students an opportunity to be in the spotlight. It is a win-win!
On a side note you may be wondering well, where do I get all of these books on (tapes/CD) yes, I wrote tapes. I've been teaching and collecting for a while. I also try to buy them each month from scholastic book orders with my bonus points. Scholastic book clubs is the easiest and the least expensive way I have found to order the books and CD. I especially like it when they bundle the 4 books and CD's together.
Below is just a few of the books we will be using in the next few weeks These books can be found on Amazon and come with CD's.
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I encourage you to give it a try. If you already use a listening center in your classroom, then your students should know how to turn the pages when they hear the page turning sounds. Just tell them you will be selecting the Guest Book Presenter based on their listening skills. That should help to keep them quiet.