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Interactive Read Aloud: My Mouth is a Volcano

Do you know this book, My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook?  It’s a great book to read at the beginning of the year, especially if you have some kids with active volcanoes.  ???? This interactive read aloud resource is just what you need.

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My Mouth is a Volcano is about a boy named Louis, who has a volcano for a mouth.  He always interrupts and has a hard time keeping his thoughts inside his head until it is ok to talk.  When others start to interrupt Louis, he learns a valuable lesson about interrupting.

This is a great book for the beginning of the year to talk about interrupting and being respectful when we have something to say.  I have also brought this book back out in February when we begin to have a hard time controlling our volcanoes again.

This resource has everything that is typical in one of my Interactive Read Alouds, but it also includes some great extras that I think you’re going to LOVE!
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These planners tell you everything you need to know for 2 interactive read alouds.  It tells you which pages to stop at, what to ask for in-depth comprehension and the type of class response (turn and talk, stop and jot/draw, act it out, etc.).  It’s a great overview of each reading of the book.

Vocabulary information is also on these pages.

Sticky Note Printables

The sticky notes are probably my favorite part.  I love printing the notes from the planner onto sticky notes and sticking them on the page where you are to stop and interact with the book.  Not sure how to print on sticky notes?  No worries, I’ve got you covered!  Check out this blog post HERE!  I love to match my sticky notes to the colors of each read (orange and yellow in this case).  But that’s probably totally just my Type A teacher personality.  Anyone else like to do this?  Oh, just me, OK!

Print & Cut Notes

These are a new addition to my interactive read aloud resources.  Printing on sticky notes is not everyone’s cup of tea so I wanted to make it easy for teachers to print and cut the stopping points and in depth comprehension questions.  All you literally have to do is print, cut and put them in the book at the correct page.  It would be kind of like a bookmark at each stopping point.  No need to take the time to print on sticky notes, everything you need is right in these little paper slips of goodness. ????

When you’re done, all you have to do is pull them out, paper clip them together and stick them in a folder or little baggie.


This resource includes resources to teach 2 vocabulary words: erupt and interrupt.  You will get sticky note and print and cut printables with just the vocabulary on it so you can keep those sticky notes or print and cut notes right in the book.   I have also included a *NEW* vocabulary ideas and suggestions page as well as a worksheet that can be used independently or print a bunch and make vocabulary books for your students.

Remember when I mentioned about matching the sticky notes to the resource?  Well, I’ve made it really easy here.  I couldn’t find red sticky notes, but I did find THESE saffron ones that are pretty close.   So I made the vocabulary resources saffron to match the sticky notes I found.  All the ????????  for matching stickies.

Retelling Worksheets & Mini Charts

Also included in every interactive read aloud resource are retelling worksheets that can be used for assessment and a connecting worksheet where kids are asked: “What does this make you think about?”  Rather than asking them a specific question, they can make connections and write about what they think about.

There are several different worksheets you can choose from to differentiate for your students.  The boxes without lines would be great for kinder or beginning first graders, and the ones with lines would work for second graders.  Retelling is an essential Common Core Skill and these will help your students begin to practice this vital skill.  If you use Reader’s or Writer’s Workshop by Lucy Calkins, you will be familiar with the 5 part story using the words: first, next, then, after that and finally.

There are also some mini-charts that will help you brainstorm what your students know about volcanoes, ways to control blurting out and the feelings we get when we get interrupted.  These are perfect under my document camera.

Controlling Our Volcanos

To support my students in understanding how to control their volcanoes, or stop their blurting out, I have included several resources.  The first thing I included is the process Louis’s mom teaches him to control his volcano.  I like to use this size chart on a document camera.  It also includes individual charts you could give to students as a reminder to control their volcano.

I’m hoping these will support your students and be a little reminder for them on how to control their own volcanoes, Louis’s way.

Also included in this resource are the makings for a controlling our volcano anchor chart for the whole class.  All you have to do is print, cut and add construction paper to make a fun, useful anchor chart for your classroom.  Here is an example of what it could look like put together.

The last controlling our volcano resource that is included is a whole class or individual incentive you could use to support your students in being aware of when they interrupt.  I have included several versions.  During whole group time, every time you have a mini-lesson or short period of time, like 5-15 minutes, and no one blurts out, you can color in a volcano.  When all the volcanoes are colored in the class can earn an extra little prize.  With the different versions, you can start easy and work your way up to more volcanoes.  I think this will be awesome in my classroom!  There are also some bracelets that you just print, cut and staple onto students who are in control of their volcanoes.  A nice positive reinforcement for those students who are always in control of their volcanoes.

I am really excited for this resource and I can’t wait to use it with my class this year.  I’d love to hear what you like to do with this book.  Tell me in the comments or email me at [email protected].

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Until next time, happy reading!

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