Making Read Alouds Come to Life: Creepy Carrots
Teacher read alouds are just as important as giving students time to read independently. Read alouds take the student's focus away from having to decode the words and gives students a chance to really hone in and focus on the meaning of the story.
I love it when I read a story to children, and they love it so much that they beg me to READ IT AGAIN!
It's so important to reread books to children and give them time to:
hear you thinking aloud as you try to make sense of the story,
fall in love with the characters and get to know them,
think deeply about the story and discuss it with their peers.
respond to reading through writing and drawing.
In our Guiding Readers units, we've developed a reading program that does all of the above!
Let me share some examples with you. The following examples are from Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds (October Set two)
We read part of the story and then stop to give them a chance to predict what they think will happen next.
In kindergarten, most of the meaning will come through drawing this early in the year.
This little sweetie thinks that the carrots will get stuck in a pit.
So she drew a picture and wrote the word, pit.