Interactive Read Alouds are my jam! I have spent many, many hours reading about them, improving my own, and creating resources to help you do them in your classroom. One might say I’m an Interactive Read Aloud Specialist. This year, if you have subscribed to my newsletter I have been sharing all of my best tips for read alouds in your classroom. Here I have compiled all of them into a quick and easy list for you.
As I said earlier, I have done a lot of research on Interactive Read Alouds and also have several blog posts about them as well. You can click >>HERE<< to see the ULTIMATE blog post about Read Alouds.
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Ultimately an Interactive Read Aloud is when you gather your class or a group of students to a central location, like the rug and read a book to the students. This book should be at their listening level and your job is to think aloud during the reading while also stopping and having your students interact with the book. This can be turn and talks, act it outs, stop and jot/draw or class polls and discussions. The main purpose of this read aloud is to support their comprehension. They’re listening to a fluent reader while also being taught how to think about and comprehend a book.
Here are my best tips for read alouds and how to make them the BEST for your students. Some of these may be repeats from other blog posts, just know that this means they are super important. ????
1. PICK BOOKS YOU LOVE
2. START READING ALOUD TODAY
3. PUT IT INTO YOUR SCHEDULE
4. PLAN FOR YOUR READ ALOUD
By doing this, your students are going to get so much more out of your read aloud and you’ll actually know what’s going on and what your teaching as you read.
5. PREPARE YOUR BOOK
There you have it! Some of my very best tips for read alouds! I hope you found them helpful. Please reach out at [email protected] or comment below if you have anything to share!