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Here's your Book Prompt Card for Otto, The Book Bear!

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

This story is called, Otto, The Book Bear. Why do you think they call him the book bear? In this story, we’re going to find out where Otto lives and about his special secret.

During the Story

Otto is a book bear.  In this story that means he’s in a book that children read. Where does Otto live? What’s his special secret (tell me in a very soft voice – that’s how we share secrets).  What terrible thing happened to Otto? What do you think he should do? Ahh, finally, there's hope. Otto sees a big building. Let's all breathe a sigh of relief. What do you think he'll find inside?

After the Story

Do you think bears really live inside books? Do you ever visit the library? What do you see when you’re there? Imagine if one of the animals came out of a book. What would you say to the animal?

 

 

Becker's School Supplies, ShopBecker.com, Otto, The Book Bear, Item # 9781423145622

Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Secret – When you keep something hidden or don’t tell someone something, it’s called a secret. 
  • Explore - What did Otto explore? Do you think it's fun to explore?
  • Adventure - An exciting experience; trying something new
  • Library – A place where there are lots of books to borrow and read at home.
Your Notes

Becker's School Supplies, ShopBecker.com, Otto, The Book Bear, Item # 9781423145622

 
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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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