Chanting is a process of exploring words and text through a rhythmical reading. Chanting helps students to interpret the meaning of a passage through rhythm and actions while engaging them in a new learning experience. The process also increases rhyme and phonemic awareness as students examine the structure and meaning of language. By giving a rhythmic focus for listening, students match text and meaning to sound. This strategy promotes a high level of participation.

The teacher:
  • selects appropriate material;
  • introduces chant to a small group or to the whole class;
  • models possibilities for interpretation;
  • encourages students to write their own chants;
  • monitors group cooperation.

  • helps ESL/ELD students and students with special needs to internalize meaning;
  • extends interpretations and enhances enjoyment by adding actions and music or sounds.

Illustrations From The Mathematics Classroom

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