Stellaluna by Janell Cannon: Responsibility and the Importance of Truth

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For my interactive read aloud, i chose to read the book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. i felt that this was a good choice to read because it had a plot that was simple enough for Kindergarteners to understand and there were pictures that would ensure that the children were engaged. My goal for this read aloud was to introduce new vocabulary words and talk to each other about what they would have done if they were the children in the book using a discussion format for the conversation. I chose to read this book because it is a story the children are familiar with which I believed would make it easier for them to discuss. Also, I thought it was relevant for the class because it forced the students to think about responsibility and importance of the truth.

The students were scattered around the carpet facing me. At this point in the school year, the students know that they should be sitting next to someone who will not bother them, so managing the seating arrangement was not a big concern for me. I was in front of them in a chair with bookshelves behind me and the calendar activities to my left. I started the read aloud by showing the students the cover of the book. I asked them if they knew what the title of the book was. At first they all raised their hands, but because everyone knew, I asked them to say the title all together. Most of the students replied with the correct title, while a few students said “Dr. Seuss!” I mentioned that the book was in fact titled The Cat in the Hat and was written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss. The first graders were very excited to be hearing this book. I asked them if they had read the book before or saw the movie. Everyone raised their hands eagerly. A few students started to tell me stories about when they had read the book or when they went to see the movie. I asked these students to hold on to their stories until later so we could start reading. I told them that they would be able to have a really great...
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