Echo Reading Activities

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Echo reading is a process in which students repeat what you have read to make sure they understand the text. This lesson provides a variety of activities using echo reading.

What is Echo Reading?

Echo reading is a strategy to help students who struggle with reading understand the text better. The way this is done is by picking a book, usually simple picture books to start with, and reading a sentence while pointing at the words as you read them. Then, you have the student repeat what you said while looking at the words in the book and pointing at them as well. This helps students relate sounds to the words they see and supports learning by repetition.

Let's take a look at some echo reading activities you can use in your classroom.

Group Echo Reading Activities

Although the standard method of echo reading is sitting side by side with a student and the book, you cannot always do this, especially if your class size is large. So how do you effectively use echo reading in groups? Let's look at some strategies.

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