Interactive Story Time & Prompt Cards

Little Red Riding Hood Book cover

Here's your Book Prompt Card for Little Red Riding Hood!

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

Little Red Riding Hood Book cover
Before the Story

Before I read you the title of this story - does anything on the cover remind you of another story you know?  What is different about this Little Red Riding Hood?  This book has something called a subtitle that tells us a little bit more about the story.  Hmmm.  I wonder what the words "newfangled prairie tale" means.

During the Story

There's the word "prairie" again.  Let's look a the pictures carefully and try to learn what a prairie looks like.  In this story Little Red Riding Hood is friendly.  How do we know that? Whose idea was it for Little Red Riding Hood to pick flowers?  Do you think it was a good idea?  Where did the wolf find Grandma?  What happened when the wolf tried to scare her?  Let's listen carefully to find out how Grandma teaches the wolf a lesson.  

After the Story

Who did we meet in this story?  (Little Red Riding Hood, her mother, her grandmother, and a wolf).  Who was your favorite character?  On the very last page, Grandma shares her muffin recipe and tells us that they taste best when shared.  What do you think that means?  Who wants to make muffins?! 

Becker's School Supplies,, Little Red Riding Hood, Item # 9780689821912

Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Prairie - a place where people and animals live that is wide open with lots of tall grass and very few trees.
  • Real Scorcher - When Little Red Riding Hood's mom says this she means it's going to be a very hot day!
  • Stranger (use this as an opportunity to see if children understand what this word means and what they're supposed to do if a stranger approaches) 
  • Grandmother, Grandma, Granny - all these different terms are used in the story.  What do you call your grandmother?
  • Whirled - the farmer whirled around and grabbed the wolf.  Show me what it looks like when you whirl around.  
Your Notes
Your Notes
Becker's School Supplies,, Little Red Riding Hood, Item # 9780689821912

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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