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How can I make my informational text read alouds more interesting and interactive for my kindergarten students?

May 17, 2016 1:28pm

I'm a first year teacher and presenting the informational text read alouds can get boring. I try to pause and ask students to make predictions or to teach vocabulary, but I want to really engage my students. How I can ask better/more interesting questions or involve them more without having them get up and move around and lose focus?

  • English Language Arts
  • K
  • Engagement


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    • May 22, 2016 5:44pm

      Hi, I love using interactive read alouds and I particularly focus on drawing students attention to words. I use 3 different hand signals when I ask the students "what do you know about this word...., show me using your hand signals". The hand signals are: pointer finger-I have never heard that word before, 2 fingers (like the victory sign)-I have heard the word but I don't know what it means, all 5 fingers- I know what the word means and I can tell you in a sentence. This helps to create a word inquiry climate and before long, the kids will be using the hand signals to talk about new and interesting words that they hear when you are reading. I have done extensive action research on this approach. If you want more clarification my email is

      • May 22, 2016 7:00pm

        Sorry it is I completed my Master of Education with research into interactive read alouds and vocabulary development in a high poverty school.