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Interactive Story Time & Printable Prompt Cards

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Here's your Book Prompt Card for Plant a Little Seed!

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

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Before the Story

The title of the story is Plant a Little Seed. Do you see the tools on the front cover? What else do you need to plant a seed? Do you see any animals in this picture?  Do you think animals help plants grow? As we read, look carefully to see what the animals are doing in all of the pictures.

During the Story

After the children plant the seeds they “wait and dream . . . and dream and wait . . .” What do you think they are dreaming about? The rabbits are doing a lot of waiting too. What do you think they’re waiting for?

After the Story

This story ends with the same sentence that that we heard on the first page, “we plant a little seed or two.” Let’s tell the story all over again from our memory. What happens next? Will this story ever end?

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Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Hoe – A garden tool with a long handle and a flat end to help dig up the dirt
  • Spade – Some people call this a shovel. A garden tool with a long handle that is used make a hole in the dirt for planting
  • Wheelbarrow - (not mentioned in the story but seen in the pictures) a small cart with one wheel in the front, 2 legs, and 2 handles; used to carry heavy loads to and from the garden.
  • Inhale – Breathe in
  • Rhapsody – music or song that expresses a lot of emotion
Phrases to Act Out
  • Buzzing bees
  • Rustling leaves
  • Whirring wings
  • Crickets chirp
  • Inhale the garden’s rhapsody
Your Notes

Becker's School Supplies,, Plant a Little Seed, Item # 9781596435506

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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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