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Interactive Story Time & Printable Prompt Cards

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Here's your Book Prompt Card for Circus Caps For Sale!

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

Circus Caps for Sale Cover Image
Before the Story

The title of the story is Circus Caps For Sale. Does this book cover remind you of another story that you’ve seen?  In this story the peddler is still trying to sell his caps. The peddler’s name is Pezzo and the elephant’s name is Jumbo. Let’s find out where Pezzo and Jumbo meet and what happens next. 

During the Story

What happened that made the peddler feel sad? We see the peddler sitting on the bench and the author says, “At last, the peddler gave up!” What does it mean to “give up?” What do you think he should do?

After the Story

There were pictures of lots of circus acts in this book. Let’s name all the ones we can remember. What was the peddler’s circus act?  Let’s all stand up and pretend we’re the peddler at the circus. How does he walk to keep the caps on his head? 

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Becker's School Supplies,, Circus Caps For Sale, Item # 9780064437936

Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Peddler – Someone who sells things. A peddler usually travels to different places to show people new items. 
  • Enormous– Huge, very big. The peddler saw an enormous circus tent. 
  • Boss – A person who is in charge. A boss makes important decisions. Sometimes bosses tell people what to do at their jobs.
Your Notes

Becker's School Supplies,, Circus Caps for Sale, Item # 978006447936

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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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