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Interactive Story Time & Printable Prompt Cards

Wild About Books Cover

Here's your Book Prompt Card for Wild About Books!

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

Wild about Books
Before the Story

What do you see on the cover of this book? The title is Wild About Books; what do you think that means? I’m wild about flowers. What are you wild about?  In this story, a librarian, Molly McGrew (can you say that name?) drove her bookmobile right into the zoo!! What happens next is sure to please you!

During the Story

Describe what the animals are doing. Do they handle books like you do? Do they like reading the books? How do you know? Do you hear the rhyming words as I read aloud, like “nooks” and “books,” and “bunches” and “lunches?” Listen for more as I continue to read. 

After the Story

Hopefully everyone has a smile on their face at the end of this fun romp through the zoo.  Do you remember all the way to the beginning of the story? Who was Molly McGrew? Why was she in the zoo?  Next time you go to the zoo, do you think you’ll see animals reading?

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Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Librarian
  • Bookmobile
  • Animals:  ●Mink ● Moose ●Wombat ●Oryx ●Lemur ●Lynx● Skinks● Geckos● Otter● Llama● Raccoon● Hyena● Bandicoot● Tasmanian Devil● Python● Penguin● Porcupine● Cheetah● Gazelle​
Your Notes

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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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