Interactive read alouds are one of my favorite parts of our day! It’s a time for us to gather close, emulate the bedtime story time that so many kids do not get at home, and recreate that intimate time. It’s the time that I get to model how to think like a reader. I also invite the students to interact with the text along the way and/or after reading. Plainly put, interactive read alouds are powerful.
Why Interactive Read Aloud?
- Model fluent reading
- Grow schema
- Model our thinking
- Model our love of reading
- Model what proficient reading sounds like
- Develops their interest in books
- Builds book knowledge
- Exposure to genres
- Builds strategic readers
What Do I Teach During This Time?
During this time, you are modeling how to think like a reader, proper fluency, and then inviting the students to practice the strategy along side you. They will also summarize and shape thoughts about the story. If you are wondering how this is different than shared reading, I wrote about this a bit HERE.
You will choose a text that helps you teach a specific reading strategy.
- Make Connections (building schema)
- Determining Importance
I liked to keep a checklist handy and to keep track of when students had mastered each reading strategy.
Choosing a Book
When you are choosing a book it’s important to remember that you ALWAYS choose the book with the strategy in mind–strategy over book. We all love things to flow and be thematic, but that just doesn’t always get the job done well. Another thing to remember is that the book will be on the students’ listening level, not their reading level.
What Does a Lesson Look Like?
3 simple parts:
- Introduce strategy
- Model aloud thinking and using the strategy
- Invite students to participate or share their thoughts
- Send students off reminding them of the skill laugh and encouraging them to practice it on their own during independent reading time
With all of this in mind, how could this time of day NOT be a favorite? My students were always glued. Books are brought to life during interactive read aloud. They see how much fun reading truly is and how much joy it brings.
If you are looking for lessons to help teach questioning, you can find them HERE.