Interactive Story Time & Printable Prompt Cards

Let's Go Nuts Book Cover

Here's your Book Prompt Card for Let's Go Nuts!

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

Let's Go Nuts Book Cover
Before the Story

What do you see on the cover?  The book is called, "Let's Go Nuts!"  Have you ever heard anybody say that?  What do you think it means?  There's a second part of the titles, "Seeds We Eat."  What seeds do you eat? There's something else reallly special about this book--I'm not going to read it like I read other stories.  I'm going to chant the words like a cheer!

During the Story?  

As you read,  see if the children can repeat some of the rhymes with your same enthusiams:  Love a legume?  Lentils--!  Chickpeas, split peas.  Fill your tum!  Encourage children to point when they see familiar food.  Read the sentence "Greet your grains" and ask the children, "How do you greet someone?"  Turn and greet your neighbor.

After the Story

Mmmmmm.  Who's hungry after looking at all this food?  Let's plan a tasting party.  Invite families to participate by bringing nuts, seeds, and spices that they eat at home. 

Becker's School Supplies,, Let's Go Nuts, Item # 9781442467286

Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Spice - Something that grows like a vegetable but is used to make our food tasty!  (Try a spice smelling activity)
  • Nod – As in nod your head. Show children how to move their head up and down. Practice nodding when you get to the sentence, “Nod for navy.”
  • Macadamia – A type of nut that grows on a tree (in Australia) and that you can eat.  “Wow this word has 5 syllables – let’s stamp our foot for each syllable. Let’s make a list of all the nuts we can name.”
  • Open Sesame – This is a fun phrase to teach children. It’s means to magically open something or make something easy to attain.
Your Notes
Your Notes
Becker's School Supplies,, Let's Go Nuts, Item # 9781442467286

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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