Students love to warm up while listening to a great book on cold winter days! Thankfully, this means that teachers can incorporate the love of books with the many standards to get through each year. For instance, Snowmen at Night read aloud lessons are the perfect way to embed an adorable story with several reading skills! Students will have so much fun learning during the winter season with these lessons!
What is an Interactive Read Aloud?
An interactive read aloud embeds a story and focus standards together. Teachers carefully select books that can include a variety of skills, such as making connections and vocabulary. When the lessons begin, the teacher does the reading work while students do the thinking work. Therefore, careful planning ensures that lessons are scaffolded to help students think and talk.
Interactive Read Aloud Format
With standard read alouds, teachers select a book students will enjoy. Then, they read the book while students listen. Often, teachers may stop and discuss the story along the way. However, the book is put away after reading, and a new one will be used with the following reading time. With an interactive read aloud, the format is very different. One book is carefully selected because it will be used all week! Thus, it is vital to read multiple options and select ones that will serve multiple purposes. Since students will be listening to the book numerous times, it will need to be one that will hold their interest. Additionally, it needs to have some depth to work on skills, such as comprehension and predicting.
This resource includes everything needed to complete an interactive read aloud in the classroom! Before addressing what it contains, let’s first look at what it is not. This resource is not simply a packet of worksheets for students to complete after listening to the book. Instead, the lessons and activities will guide teachers through the process of teaching multiple standards based on this one book. Thankfully, hours of plan time are saved because everything is carefully organized with easy-to-follow plans! Honestly, students will be reading like never before after diving into this story!
This interactive read aloud focuses on several comprehension skills, including visualization, retelling, and making connections. Furthermore, it focuses on inferring and stating opinions. In terms of vocabulary words, students will focus on fright and anxious. While these are tough words, scaffolding ensures students use their thinking skills and deep conversations to engage in a thorough analysis.
Students will complete 5 days of interactive lessons to work on these skills. For instance, they will work on response pages to build comprehension. Likewise, students will use pictorial retelling cards to support students as they strengthen their oral language. Additionally, students will work on interactive writing that supports where they are in the writing process. This even includes a grammar study for each day of the week! Thus, students can apply their grammar focus to their writing. To help teachers assess, there are even multiple assessment options and rubrics for each activity.
What I Love About Read Aloud!
Research shows that effective read alouds actively involve students. Thankfully, the Snowmen at Night read aloud lessons are packed with ways to ensure students are active in learning. However, the lessons are interactive and engaging, which means students will love every minute of reading!
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