Fairview South Learning Center
Battle of the Books
Safety Links for Parents
4th Grade Book Trailers
Tips & Hints
Check in at the main office 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time (please bring a driver's license or state id card).
Come to the library located near the primary classrooms.
Check out through the main office.
How to pick a book
Choose a book you like, your enthusiasm for the story will be apparent.
Timing: choose a book that is around 15 minutes. Kindergartners and younger children have a lower attention span so two short books might be more appropriate.
Reach beyond their comfort zone: exposing new and complex characters and themes to children through literature expands their knowledge base and provokes interesting discussions.
Consult award winning lists:
(Theador Seuss) Geisel Award
Robert F. Sibert Information Book Medal
Read Aloud Strategies
Activate prior knowledge: ask questions about what is known about the topics and themes that will be in the book.
Vocabulary: explain the meaning of some of the difficult words that will be in the book.
Predictions: ask the kids to make predictions about the book based on the title and the front illustrations.
Practice fluency: read the book ahead of time to make sure that inflections are used correctly and difficult words are pronounced accurately.
Ask questions to prompt meaningful discussions.
Check for comprehension by asking a student to retell the story, identify the setting, characters, problem and resolution.
Ask the readers to make personal connections tot he characters and the problem.
Ask the readers to think about changes they would have made to improve the story.
Benefits of Reading Aloud
Improves comprehension and vocabulary
Builds motivation and excitement for reading
Exposes children to a variety of writing styles and genres
Builds and encourages good reading habits
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