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Dreaming Up Book

Here's your Book Prompt Card for Dreaming Up!

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

Let’s look at the pictures on the cover of this book. We might think this is a story about this little boy who likes to build but we won’t see this boy in any other pictures inside this book. We’ll see different children building with all kinds of materials. And next to each child’s building, we’ll see a surprise on the facing page – do you want to see all the surprises? 

During the Story

Try to find ways to connect the word “dreaming” to what children see on the pages. Start by reminding them that the word, “Dreaming” is in the title of the book.   Do you think these children are dreaming up ways to build? I wonder if architects and their dreams to create buildings.  Let’s look at what is the same in the pretend buildings and the real building on these pages.

After the Story

After seeing all these cool buildings, let’s think of different ways we can build in our classroom. What kinds of materials do we have for building? We can pretend we’re architects. 

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Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Dreaming (not only do we dream at night, sometimes we dream of ideas when we’re awake)
  • Architect
  • Tower
Your Notes

Becker's School Supplies, ShopBecker.com, Dreaming Up, Item # 606519

 
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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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