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What's in the Garden Book

Here's your Book Prompt Card for What's in the Garden!

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

Smelling Sunshine Book Cover Image
Before the Story

Tell me what you see in this picture. I see three ears on this cover, do you? (A little humor is always good to get eveyone’s attention!) Corn grows in a garden; what else grows in a garden? To find out, we need to answer a riddle on each page!

During the Story

Read the first riddle and give children a chance to guess the answer. The page with the answer is full of information. Can the children point to the apple tree? The apple the boy is biting is very juicy. How can you tell? 

When you have apples at home, do you pick them off the apple tree? Where do you get them?   On the second and third reading of this book, ask children to be on the lookout for all the living things that are shown on the drawings.

After the Story

If you had a garden, what would you plant? Why? Do you know anyone who has a garden?  What kind of tools do you need to start a garden? What else do you need? Let’s invite someone who has a garden to our class. What questions would we ask?

Becker's School Supplies,, What's in the Garden, Item # 9781584691907 

Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Riddle - A riddle is a guessing game.  Sometimes the words in a riddle rhyme.
  • Blossoms - The apple riddle uses the word, blossoms. Can you point to the blossoms in the picture? What are they?
  • Bouquet - The broccoli looks like a bouquet. Did you ever see a bouquet of pretty flowers that were given as a gift? 
  • Vine - Some vegetables grow on a long green stalk called a vine.
  • Feathery, Flowery, Yummy - Did you hear these words in the book? They all end with the “e” sound. What other words can we use to describe gardens that end in that sound? (buggy, tasty, weedy)
Your Notes

Becker's School Supplies,, What's in the Garden, Item # 9781584691907

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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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