One of the most important learning times in our classroom is read-aloud (chapter book). I use this time to introduce kids to authors and books they may not know, as well as working on strategies that good readers use and practicing how to talk about books.
We recently finished The Boys Start the War, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. I’m sure you heard how funny and interesting it was, and how there are at least 12 or 13 other books with these characters that we could read next. Well, once we were finished, I introduced a structure that we will use after every chapter book we read: the read-aloud timeline.
Here are some pictures of what it looks like in our room:
I know the pictures don’t really do it justice, so make sure you stop by to see the real thing! It’s been really great to incorporate a good reader strategy (creating images) with remembering what we’ve read. At the end of the year, each kiddo will get a book of all of their images together, for their own timeline of our reading year. So glad I’ve started this in our classroom! Ask your kiddo to tell you what they love about it. And stay tuned for an update–we just finished Crash yesterday, so it’ll go up this week. 🙂