Teachers have always read aloud to young children. It helps students develop and improve their literacy skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking. Teacher read aloud provides a commercial for reading. Jim Trelease, author of The Read Aloud Handbook says that reading to older students is just as important as reading to younger ones. He gives the example that McDonald's doesn't stop advertising because most Americans know about its restaurants. Teacher read alouds at all grade levels furnish students with models of fluent reading. Since students listen at a higher level than they read, teacher read aloud exposes them to new vocabulary and language patterns. Teacher read alouds also help to activate students' prior knowledge.
Websites on Teacher Read Aloud:
Read Aloud Tips from Laura Robb
Read Aloud PowerPoint
Carol Hurst's Recommended Titles for Kindergarten through 9th Grade
Read Alouds in Science
Benchmark Education: Read About Best Practices in Understanding Read Alouds
Twenty Ways to Adapt the Read Aloud