Interactive Story Time & Printable Prompt Cards

123 Versus ABC

Here's your Book Prompt Card for 123 Versus ABC!

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

123 Versus ABC
Before the Story

Wow – there’s a lot happening on this cover. Tell me all the things you see. There are two characters on the cover that we’re going to see on every page. The Number 1 and the Letter A don’t always get along in this story. Let’s see how they work out their differences. 

During the Story

The main message of this story begins on the title page - be sure to read that aloud and then ask the children what they think this story is going to be about. When you get to the pages with the alligator being pulled in 2 directions, make sure the children follow what’s happening. Why is Number 1 pulling the alligator? Why is Letter A pulling him in the opposite direction? Focus on the characters’ expressions.

After the Story

Do a quick recap. Number 1 thought this was a book about numbers; Letter A thought it was about letters. Who was right? In the beginning of the story how did the characters treat each other? What happened at the end?

Becker's School Supplies,, 123 Versus ABC, Item # 9780062102997

Side B

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Confident – You’re confident when you feel like you’re doing something well. In this story, sometimes Number 1 looks confident and sometimes Letter A looks confident. Find examples of each
  • Spelling – Spelling is putting letters together to make words. How do you spell your name?
  • Sombrero - In the story we see robots wearing sombreros. It’s a hat usually made of straw with a wide brim to protect people from the sun. Do you know anyone who wears a hat like this?
  • Unicycle – Show children the page with the unicycles. What is the difference between a bicycle and a unicycle?
Your Notes
Becker's School Supplies,, 123 Versus ABC, Item # 9780062102997

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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