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Interactive Story Time & Printable Prompt Cards

Alpha Oops Book

Here's your Book Prompt Card for Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First

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

Identify the title, author and illustrator. Look at the pictures on the cover. What do you think this book is about?  The title has the word, oops in it. When do you use the word oops?  Let’s find out what the oops is in this story. Watch the letters put on a show. Pay close attention to what they say and the expressions on their faces. 

During the Story

“Z” is using a loud voice and has an angry face? Why? Talk about how some of the other letters feel about shuffling the alphabet all around.  Does everyone agree? What do you think? Should the letters go in order for this show?

After the Story

If you liked the Alphabet show, clap your hands. What did letter Z do to make letter A feel better at the end?

Follow Up Ideas

Have children work in pairs and put the letters A – E in any order they want. Take turns reading your mixed up alphabet to the class. Prepare big cut out letters, let children add happy, sad, or angry faces to the letters and tell a letter story.


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Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • First- In this story the letter Z goes first.  What's the opposite of "first"? 
  • Illustrated - This book is illustrated by Bob Kolar.  To illustrate means to draw the pictures.
  • Violence - Some of the letters start to fight.  Letter G says "V" is for violence.  Violence is the use of force to hurt someone or damage something.
  • Apology - At the end of the story Z apologizes to letter A.  It's called an apology when you say that you're sorry for something you did or said.
Your Notes

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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:

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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