Interactive Story Time & Prompt Cards

Before We Eat Book Cover

Here's your Book Prompt Card for Before We Eat!

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.

Side A

Before We Eat Book Cover
Before the Story

Point to and read the title of the book. This book has an author and an illustrator. Do you see their names on the cover?
Let’s look at the people pictured on the cover. What is each person holding? Now we’re going to do something we never do. We’re going to look at the back cover before we even read the story! What do you see in this picture? Hmmm, I wonder what we’re going to learn about in this book.

During the Story

Try not to stop too many times during the first reading so the children can capture the cadence and hear the rhymes. On follow-up readings, help children notice if the picture is of something happening inside or outside. This exercise  will help them focus on the beautiful landscapes and backgrounds on each page.

After the Story

Let’s count all the workers on the last page. Wow – all those people had to do their jobs so that we could have food on our table. How do you think we should thank them?

Becker's School Supplies,, Before We Eat, Item # 482526

Side B

Vocabulary Boosters

There are lots of action words in this story. Can the children act out these motions?

  • Plowed
  • Planted
  • Picked
  • Fed
  • Milked
  • Gathered
  • Fished
Your Notes
Your Notes
Becker's School Supplies,, Before We Eat, Item # 482526

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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