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The Night Worker

Here's your Book Prompt Card for The Night Woker!

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 Night Worker
Before the Story

The title of this book is The Night Worker.  Hmmm.  I wonder what a night worker does.  What do you see in the picture that tells you it's night time?  We also see a dad and his son, Alex.  What are they wearing on their heads?  Why do you think they're wearing these hats?  Let's find out!  

During the Story

Alex calls his dad, "Papa."  What do you call your dad?  Why do you think Alex wants to be a night worker?  How can they see what they're doing if it's dark outside?  In the story, it says, "The stars shine like beacons." - that's a nice way to describe how they get light.

The excavator (repeat the word, clap it to hear all the syllables) uses its arm and its teeth to do its work.  What kind of work do you do with your arms and teeth?

After the Story

There are hard hats and flashlights in our dramatic play area today so that you can pretend to be night workers.  What else should we add to this area for our play?  What can we do to make it feel like night time?

Becker's School Supplies,, The Night Woker, Item # 9780374400002

Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Engineer-someone who designs and tells people how to use machines
  • Machinery-lots of machines that do different jobs
  • Excavator-a machine used for digging
  • Survey (this word appears twice in the story)-looking over an area of land
  • Stars shine like beacons-we do not need to teach similes to our preschool children but it's nice for them to hear examples in stories and conversations
  • Mammoth-gigantic (it might be fun to use this word during construction play)
Your Notes
Becker's School Supplies,, The Night Woker, Item # 9780374400002

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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