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Interactive Story Time & Printable Prompt Cards

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Here's your Book Prompt Card for A New Year's Reunion!

What's a Book Prompt Card? A card designed to be cut out and placed inside your Anywhere Pocket.

What's an Anywhere Pocket? A self-adhesive, clear pocket that can be placed on the end pages at the beginning of a book.

Prompt Cards

The questions below are written as if they’re being read by a teacher or parent. Please adapt them as needed to reflect your own voice and teaching style. Learn more about using prompt cards and interactive reading with children.

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Side A

Before the Story

Look at the cover. The name of the story is A New Year’s Reunion. What do you know about New Year’s? How do you and your family celebrate? The family in this story lives in China and they celebrate the Chinese New Year.  In this picture, the little girl is holding something very special in her hand that she received as a gift.  Let’s find out about all the special ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 

During the Story

On the page where you see Papa coming home, stop and let children look at the picture carefully.  Help the children understand that Papa has been away for a long time.  His little girl Maomao, starts to cry when he picks her up. Why? What other things does Papa do when he’s home?  What’s special about the coin that Maomao finds in the rice ball? 

After the Story

Remember on the front cover of this book we see Maomao with her coin. She looks very excited. Why does she give it away at the end of the story? Did you ever give something away that was very special to you?

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Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Reunion – This story is called A New Year’s Reunion. A reunion is a time when people come together after being apart for a long time.
  • Good Luck – Listen for these words in the story. To say “good luck” means that you’re wishing something happens with a good result; that things go well; that you have success. 
  • Rummage – When Papa comes home, he rummages through his suitcase to find gifts for his little girl and Mama. Let’s pretend we need to rummage through our lunch bag – how would we do that? 
Your Notes

Becker's School Supplies, ShopBecker.com, A New Year's Reunion, Item # 9780763667481

 
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Interactive and Dialogic Reading

Interactive and Dialogic Reading are two approaches to reading aloud that are based on the belief that children can and should be active participants in the experience. Teachers take on an expanded role, as well and employ strategies to engage their audience with more than just the story itself! These methods which involve children asking and answering questions at designated intervals throughout a story have shown promising results in research studies. We know that actively involving children before, during, and after a story, is an effective way to build critically important reading skills. For more information on these approaches, visit these links:
http://www.readingrockets.org/article/400/
http://www.readingrockets.org/article/16287/

In Becker's Book Corner, we'll feature different books each month and always provide a Book Prompt Card that can be printed, adhered to a 4 x 6 index card and placed inside your book for easy reference.

The Book Prompt Card offers prompts to use before, during, and after the story is read.

Before the Story

  • Story Prompts - This is your opportunity to pose intentional questions to build some intrigue about what’s to come!
  • Vocabulary Boosters - The trick here is to select a handful of key words or phrases from the story that you think children should hear before you read aloud but not to “teach” the words until you come across them in the story. Be dramatic and creative as you introduce new words.

During the Story

  • Talk Times - Typically during a story, we’ll suggest you stop and make comments to help children comprehend story events and understand the actions of the characters.

After the Story

  • Make it Stick - Children who have an opportunity to talk about books after a shared reading experience make a smoother transition into becoming independent readers. Be prepared with follow up “why” questions that require a thoughtful response. If there’s a topic that captures their attention, run with it!
  • Follow-Up Activities – Try to think outside the box here. Think of one element, one new vocabulary word, one new concept, or anything else worthy that was introduced and prepare an activity to reinforce that learning.
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