|Grade span:||K to 2|
Description:This lesson is one example of how you can implement a read-aloud. You will review the guidelines for listening with students, review the title and book cover, read a story that engages students, pausing often to check for understanding and invite predictions, and discuss the key elements of the story.
- Identify and recognize fluent, expressive reading
- Engage in literature through reading aloud
- Learn new words and understand key events in the story
- Work collaboratively
- Two texts on related theme of ghosts: Ben and Becky in the Haunted House and The Ghost in the Classroom
- Tambourines or other noisemakers
- Large cards for key vocabulary and names of characters
- Review stories
- Identify new vocabulary and write words on cards
What to Do:
- Introduce the two books, briefly reviewing title and cover
- Ask students to predict what they think each book is about
- Read the first book aloud, pausing to check for understanding and invite predictions
- After reading, review who the main characters were
- Activate children's prior knowledge about the next book, by asking, Do we have any ghosts in this school?
- Read the second story, once again stopping to question and clarify
- After reading, ask children to review questions about the main events of the story
- Divide students into small groups and explain the rules and objectives of the game as follows:
- Each group receives a noisemaker and ten cards with key vocabulary and character names from the two stories.
- The instructor gives clues, the answers to which are on the cards. The student groups must work as a team to find the best answer card. Students take turns with the noisemaker to indicate that they have the correct answer.
- The first team with the correct answer receives a point. The team with the most points at the end is the winner.
Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):
- Student engagement in reading aloud, questions, and discussions
- Comments and answers that reflect an understanding of the story, key events, characters, and new word meanings
- Ability to listen, follow instructions, and work collaboratively as a team