Interactive Storytime & Prompt Cards

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Here's your Book Prompt Card for Daniel Finds a Poem!

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

daniel finds a poem book cover

Before the Story
The title of the story is Daniel Finds a Poem.  The author and illustrator is Micha Archer. That means she wrote the story and drew all the pictures.  In this story, Daniel tries to find a poem. He asks lots of animals to help him. Do you think you can help him too?

During the Story
Ask children to listen carefully so they can repeat the words that each animal and insect use to explain poetry. For example, after spider says, “Poetry is when morning dew glistens,” say to the children “What is poetry?” and lead them in repeating “Poetry is when morning dew glistens.”

After the Story
Take a walk back through the book and ask children to look at the pictures and tell you what happened on each day. Let’s look back at the pictures and see what we remember. What did Daniel see on Monday? What did he do on Tuesday?

Becker's School Supplies,, Daniel Finds a Poem, Item # 9780399169137

Side B

Vocabulary Boosters

• Poetry - This is a difficult word to define in “preschool” terms. In the book , we learn that poetry is all around us in imaginative words that describe our thoughts and feelings.
• Crunch - We hear in the story that “crisp leaves crunch.” Sometimes when we eat carrots we hear a crunch sound. What other foods make a crunch sound?
• Cattails – On Friday, Daniel finds a turtle behind the cattails. Cattails is a plant that grows near water. What 2 words do you hear in cat-tails? Do you think this plant looks like a cat’s tail?
• Twilight – Cricket says “singing at twilight” is poetry to him. Twilight is the time of day between afternoon and night when the sun starts to fade away.

Your Notes
Becker's School Supplies,, Daniel Finds a Poem, Item # 9780399169137

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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