Series: First Five Early Childhood Education

Interactive Read Aloud
Lesson Objective: Understand and retell a story
Pre-K / ELA / Comprehension

Thought starters

  1. How does each part of this lesson support students' reading comprehension?
  2. What are the benefits of making read alouds interactive?
  3. How does this lesson teach concepts of print?

This video was great the children were excited and ready to participate in the activity. The teacher helped me revisit ways in which I can tie my lesson plans in with a reading in ways that the children will want to become more involed. The props were great.

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Each part of this lesson supports different parts of students' reading comprehension. For example, it gives them a chance to make a connection with the book. The benefits of making read alouds interactive is that it invites them to participate and make it their own by acting it out.  They also get to add to the story through "the zoom out box" drawing and labeling. This lesson teaches  the concepts of print by visually and verbally going over vocabulary with the students.  It also helps them make a connection of the written word to a real life experience.

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I really enjoyed this video. It gave me so many ideas on how to incorporate different subject under one theme. The way she used the read out loud to tide their lesson on fabrics was brilliant. I also took away the use of the collage using different pieces of fabric. The use of repetition through out the story is a great way to expose children to new vocabulary and creating a more likely outcome in recollection of it. I will also like to use the story telling of students pictures or drawing. I think it offers them the opportunity to use their creativity with out fearing their inability to be independent writers.
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I love how involved the children were in this retelling. The children are highly engaged and clearly feel the comfort and love of this teacher. This allows them to be ready to learn. The teacher has a calming tone of voice which carries over to the children. The children are acting out and therefore are much more likely to remember details from the story.
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The retelling of the story by acting it out reinforced the the children's prior knowledge from the story. The children were engaged the entire time.
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  • Interactive Read Aloud
    Program Transcript

    Davis: Bippity boppity bumble bee, can you say your name for me?

    Student: Uh, Gaelo.

    Davis: Gaelo. Let's

    Interactive Read Aloud
    Program Transcript

    Davis: Bippity boppity bumble bee, can you say your name for me?

    Student: Uh, Gaelo.

    Davis: Gaelo. Let's clap it. Gaelo. Let's snap it. Gaelo. Let's stomp it. Gaelo.

    Davis (Interview): I teach at First Place to Start Childcare Center, and we have ages four and five year olds. In our read aloud today we the story Joseph had a little overcoat. We chose that book because it added to our clothing theme, but it also expanded their vocabulary on different kinds of clothing.

    Davis: Who is this? Remember? Who is that? Remember his name? Starts with a J. Jo…

    Students: Joseph.

    Davis: All right. And he has a bunch of friends on there. Who are his friends?

    Student: All of the animals.

    Davis: All the animals are on there.

    Student: That's a chicken.

    Davis: A chicken. What's that one?

    Students: A cow.

    Davis: A cow. And look, all of his friends here. What are they doing?

    Student: He's singing.

    Davis: Singing. Exactly. He's singing. So Joseph had a little overcoat. It was old and…

    Students: Worn.

    Davis: Worn. And what was worn? What did we say, talk about worn?

    Student: It means it's getting old.

    Davis: It's getting old…

    Davis (Interview): So we chose that book because they were able to repeat parts of the story over and over again, and they were able to use that repetition to expand their vocabulary.

    Davis: Joseph had a little necktie. It got..

    All: Old and worn.

    Davis: And then Joseph had a little button. One day…

    Student: He lost it.

    Davis: He lost it. Yes, Hellah.

    Student: Uh, and then he made a story of it.

    Davis: You remember so well. And what is he doing?

    Students: Looking for it.

    Davis: He's looking for it. And, wow. Is he looking very, very hard for that, 'cause he's done what?

    Student: And he's moving the stuff away. And there's a hole on his wall.

    Davis: A hole?

    Student: It's right there on his wall.

    Davis: Come show me.

    Davis (Interview): When we're reading stories to them they're able to be a bit more creative, so it's, it's something that comes from reading aloud, because he comprehended, he understood the story, but he was able to take it a step further.

    Davis: Okay. I like that story too. And you know what? I brought some coats, and so we can see what the vest look like and what the overcoat looks like. Who wants to try on the overcoat that Joseph had?

    Students: Me!

    Davis: Okay. How about Gracia?

    Davis (Interview): We gave them a chance to act out the story, so each child was able to put on one of those types of clothing, so they were able to gain a lot more comprehension.

    Davis: I need, uh, Jaden, you come and hold the book, and we'll go back to the pages and see. Thank you, Jaden.

    Davis (Interview): We did have one little boy that we had to sit and turn the pages, which is also very important to children in reading aloud.

    Davis: After he had the jacket, then it became a what?

    Students: A vest.

    Davis: A vest. So after it was a jacket, it became a vest. What's missing off of the vest that was on the jacket? What are these things here?

    Student: Sleeves.

    Davis: Sleeves. So, who knows what it's going to become next?

    Student: Me!

    Davis: What?

    Student: A scarf.

    Davis: A scarf. Let's turn the page and let's see. There it is. What is it?

    Students: A scarf.

    Davis: A scarf.

    Davis (Interview): Allowing the children to become a part of the story helps them to understand, and that's what reading aloud is all about.

    Davis: …jacket. And then it becomes a vest, and then a scarf, and then a tie, and then a handkerchief, and then a…

    Student: Button.

    Davis: Button. Yay!

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