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Reading with nature




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This capstone was a study of the effects of nature sounds playing in the background while reading for enjoyment. The main objective of the study explored the specific effects on the learners' ability to comprehend reading material, to gauge reading fluency, and to observe the general attitudes towards reading. During the small group study, 5th grade students would read on-level books of their choice without prerecorded nature sounds in the background and then with prerecorded nature sounds in the background. Each reading session lasted thirty minutes a day for one month. The recorded nature sounds included those students living in Northern Minnesota would be familiar with. They included birds, frogs, wind, running water and thunder. The obtained results indicated that students are able to read with a greater fluency while maintaining the same level of comprehension. Students also reported positive effects on their attitudes toward reading.