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Smelling Sunshine

Here's your Book Prompt Card for Smelling Sunshine!

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

Smelling Sunshine

Before the Story
What do you see on this book cover?  In the book, “Smelling Sunshine,”  we’ll see lots of families doing laundry.  Who does the laundry at your house?  Let’s look carefully at all the pictures in this book and see how these families do the laundry.

During the Story
I suggest you read this book straight through without interruptions to capture the flow of the language.  On future readings, you can pose some of these questions. Call attention to the descriptive phrases by repeating them with a questioning tone. “Laughing birds.” Do you think birds really laugh? “Dogs barking out their stories.” Do dogs really tell stories?  “The breeze catches our sheet.” Can a breeze catch a sheet?!  

How are they drying the clothes in these pictures?  On one page it says, “. . . The sunshine finishes its job.” What is the sunshine’s job?  Can you tell if the wind is blowing by looking at this picture?

After the Story
We saw so many children helping to do the laundry in this story.  It looked like some of the children were having fun. What did they do to make it fun? How do you help to do the laundry at home?  We are going to set up a clothesline outside (or inside) our classroom so that we can pretend to do laundry. What do you think we’ll need?

Becker's School Supplies,, Smelling Sunshine, Item # 9781595726360

Side B

Vocabulary Boosters

  • Clothespins - Some clothespins are made of wood, some are made of plastic. Some clothespins open and close, some don’t. Which kind do you have at home? Ask families to send in samples.
  • Fabric - It’s best to define this word by giving examples. Your clothes are made of fabric; our curtains are made of fabric. What else do you see that’s made of fabric? 
  • Do-si-do - This is the name for a dance step that’s often seen in square dances. Let’s make up our own do-si-do dance!
  • Waltz - In this story, the word waltz describes a way of walking (not dancing).  It’s a lively and confident kind of walk. Try it!
  • Smell the sunshine - Explore with the children what they think this means. 
Your Notes
Becker's School Supplies,, Smelling Sunshine, Item # 9781595726360

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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