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The Elephant's Story

Here's your Book Prompt Card for The Elephant's Story!

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

The Elephant's Story
Before the Story

Who do you see on the cover of this book? What part of the elephant can we see? What part of the elephant is hidden from view? (The elephant’s trunk is a key part of this story). Do you also see a little girl? Her name is Gracie. Gracie loses something in this story and when Elephant finds it something very silly happens!

During the Story

After the pages where the elephant sniffs up the words and sneezes out the letters, stop and make sure the children understand what happened.  The elephant sniffed up all the words from the book into her trunk. And when she sneezed, what came out? Now elephant has a problem. Let’s see how she’s going to solve it.

After the Story

Were elephant’s friends helpful? What did Gracie do to get her letters back? Gracie made the letters back into words and the words into a story.  What was Gracie’s story about? What do you think elephant will do next time he finds a book?

Becker's School Supplies,, The Elephant's Story, Item # 9780374399139

Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Favorite– When something is your favorite, it’s very special to you.  Do you have a favorite toy?  book? color? 
  • Juggle – In this story, the word, “juggle” refers to repeatedly throwing and catching things in the air.
Your Notes
Becker's School Supplies,, The Elephant's Story, Item # 9780374399139

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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