Interactive read alouds are my all-time favorite lessons in kindergarten. They are the purposeful read aloud of a story to focus on specific content, central
theme(s), and vocabulary. They are an essential component to balanced literacy that provide many
opportunities for all students to engage with rich texts.
When I first read Love Tails by Rob Sayegh Jr., I just knew I had to create an interactive read aloud for it. The text is simple, but the theme and illustrations are strong. Absolutely perfect for primary grades and can even be used as a mentor text in reading and writing workshop.
And this interactive read aloud is complete with an adorable dachshund craft and clip art from Rob Sayegh Jr.! The dogs are sooo cute; they definitely give me all the cute aggression.
Interactive read alouds are typically done whole-
group with pauses throughout each read to: discuss the text and theme, discuss the illustrations and meaning(s), make predictions, make connections, and
have meaningful conversations centered around the text.
Typically, interactive read alouds are above the students’ reading levels but the texts are age-appropriate
and high-interest. The read aloud builds community through reading with shared knowledge.
read aloud lesson plans are on one-page and have many components that include: story introduction, identified themes, read aloud of the story with pauses for discussion (“We’re wondering”/sticky notes), vocabulary introduction and discussion (before, during, and after the read aloud), and a discussion of the theme after the read aloud with think-aloud extensions.
For this specific interactive read aloud, we will discuss and write about our own “love tales” after the read aloud. And of course, color and craft our own dogs, just-for-fun.
I’m currently working on many more interactive read alouds with new + diverse books, so stay tuned in my Teachers Pay Teachers store! And to visit my library of 88 (and growing!) titles of interactive read alouds, click here.