EDU 291 Reflective Journals for Read Aloud

by needtherapy
Last updated 6 years ago

Discipline:
Language Arts
Subject:
Literature
Grade:
1

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EDU 291 Reflective Journals for Read Aloud

The moments I get to spend with my wonderful preschoolers reading and giggling!

Discussion Strategies:The best way I found to get a discussion going is to ask open-ended questions. Asking simple yes or no answers I found them answering what they thought the right answer was instead of how they felt. For example: asking why the children think something happened, what could have prevented the event from happening. Another great question that always creates great discussion is how do you think you might feel or what would you do if that thing happened to you? Preschool children are so imaginative that their answers are pricless!

Favorite Moments of discussion:One of our books we read during our classtime was Horton Hatches an egg by Dr. Suess. When I asked the children if they thought this was a true story or a fiction story and why the children answered with some very creative answers!One answer was that it was a fake story because an elephant can't climb a tree. Another answer was that it was a fiction story because an elephant could't sit in snow and ice and live. The most obvious answer to me didn't come up until prompted! "What would happen if an elephant sat on an egg?"

Audience Response:The best way I found to introduce learning concepts are by bringing them into class through humorous books. The children are far more receptive and attentive when they are laughing and enjoying themselves. One example is when I introduced our life cycle unit though a book Higglety-Pigglety Chicks. This books taught the children the life cycle of a chick and the dangers they face through humor and beautiful illustrations.

Most noteable Audience responses:What I found in introducing various kinds of books is the attention span of the children is very dependant on the quality of the pictures and how the story draws them in. In some of the factual books about ladybugs and butterflies, if the pictures were not vivid and large I lost the students quickly when reading the animal facts listed on the page. On the other hand, when introducing acceptance and diversity in the book The Sandwich Swap, the students were very receptive because it was written in a story of a little girl. The story was based on real events but the illustrations were animated and colorful. The children discussed how they understood how she felted when her friend made fun of her food.

Great Article on creating good discussions in your classroom:http://www.litcircles.org/Discussion/teaching.html


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