• by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • September 11th, 2017

When I heard Jillian Heise, 7th & 8th grade teacher, on a podcast talk about the 180 pictures books she reads to her students each year, I fell in love with the idea and the outcomes for students. Each day, for five minutes, she reads a picture book aloud to her students. After a brief discussion of the text, she documents the read aloud on a grid outside her classroom. Ms. Heise hosts the closed Facebook group Educators share books to read aloud and ideas for displaying the books. You'll find lots of pictures and discussion to help you make reading aloud an essential part of your instructional day.

Every idea can be adapted to meet the needs of our students, so I want to encourage you to think about building your students' conceptual knowledge and academic vocabulary. How would reading aloud an informational picture book or text a day help your students build background and world knowledge?

Vocabulary is learned faster when words are linked together by meaning and relationships. Using the vocabulary megaclusters identified by Elfrieda H. Hiebert, select books to read aloud that will identify concepts and related words to intentionally expand your students’ schema. You can integrate science, social studies, math, art, music, physical education, and technology into the reading block. The read aloud should be short enough to read in 5-10 minutes. I've created a planning sheet and a list of the vocabulary mega-clusters to use here!

For more information and free activities for #Classroombookaday, click here!




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