Oral reading, Reading (Elementary), Science -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
The purpose of this study was to determine whether a read- aloud nonfiction picture books would increase fifth grade students' science comprehension as measured by a criterion reference test.
Four questions guided the research in this study:
1. What are the benefits of reading aloud to fifth grade students?
2. According to the Fry Readability graph, what is the readability of the Harcourt textbook used in fifth grade and the readability of the nonfiction picture books chosen for this study?
3. Does the use of a read aloud nonfiction picture book increase fifth grade students' comprehension versus a round-robin instruction of the textbook?
4. What is the attitude of fifth grade students when exposed to read aloud picture books?
The subjects in the study included eighty- seven students in four fifth grade classrooms. Four fifth grade teachers from two schools participated. Two fifth grade classes received the nonfiction picture book treatment and two received the textbook round robin instruction. Pretests were given before each lesson and posttests were given after each lesson or treatment. Based on the posttests scores of each group it was determined that the mean rate of change for students in the nonfiction picture book group exceeded that of the textbook group.
Holt, Larry C.
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Education
Curriculum and Instruction
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Dissertations, Academic -- Education; Education -- Dissertations, Academic
Hammond, Jana Robertson, "The effect of using a read aloud nonfiction picture book to strengthen fifth grade students' comprehension of science content" (2004). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4544.