I am rounding up all my interactive read aloud tips into one blog post for you! This is a catch-all of the many posts that I have done to share ideas and strategies for making them work in your classroom.
What is an Interactive Read Aloud?
An Interactive Read Aloud (IRA) is a planned and purposeful read aloud that you can use in your daily lessons. It’s a great way to incorporate read alouds into other subjects! Check out the What is an Interactive Read-Aloud blog post to learn more!
Planning an IRA lesson
There are 5 key steps to planning your lesson:
- Choose a book
- Get to know (and love) the book
- Set a purpose
- Select vocabulary words
- Plan questions and activities
In my Planning an Interactive Read Aloud blog post, I dive deep into each one of these steps.
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Interactive Read Aloud Strategies
So how exactly do we make the read aloud interactive? There are lots of different ways! Here are just a few:
- Turn & Talk
- Act it Out
- Stop & Jot
I go into detail on each of these strategies (and more!) in the Interactive Read Aloud Strategies post.
What questions should I ask?
Another key part of an interactive read aloud is asking questions. This helps make the story and the lesson more engaging for your students. It is important that you plan these questions out ahead of time, however.
The Interactive Read Aloud Questions blog post has some ideas for the types of questions to ask and tips for how to ask these questions.
What makes a good book for an IRA?
Now you might be wondering, what book should I choose for an IRA? It’s not as easy as just pulling one off the shelf!
The book that you choose for an IRA should be intentional in order to make it meaningful for your students.
In the Interactive Read Aloud Books blog post, I share some ideas for choosing the right book for your students.
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