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Interactive Story Time & Printable Prompt Cards

The Wind Blew Book Cover

Here's your Book Prompt Card for I'm New Here!

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

The Wind Blew Cover Image
Before the Story

The title of the story is The Wind Blew.  What is happening in the picture on the cover? What happens when you go outside on a windy day? Do you think the man will get his umbrella back? Will the little girl find her balloon again? Let’s find out!

During the Story

This is a story that reads rhythmically and builds in suspense so you might not want to stop for questions. There are some words that will be unfamiliar (see reverse side) that you can introduce before, during, or after the first reading.

After the Story

Talk about what happened on the next to the last page when the wind mixed everything up and threw it all down. How do you think the people were feeling when they got the wrong stuff? Let’s make up another ending for this story. Can we change it so that it’s a happy ending for everyone?

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Becker's School Supplies,, The Wind Blew, Item # 9780689717444

Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Snatched– Take away something quickly. “The wind snatched the balloon from Priscilla.”  How do you feel when someone snatches something from you?
  • Whipped – Move something very quickly. “The wind whipped a kite into the air.”
  • Hanky – Ask the children if they ever heard of a hanky or a handkerchief. Encourage them to ask their mom or dad to show them one if they have it at home. A hanky is used like a tissue but is made from cloth and can be washed and reused..

Your Notes

Becker's School Supplies,, The Wind Blew, Item # 9780689717444

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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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