ELA: Informational Book Talks With StoryTown

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Looking for a more intentional way to use your red, green, and blue StoryTown readers? Try an Informational Book Talk!

CardThird grade students in Julie McCoy’s classroom at West Ridge Elementary have been busy  talking about books! Every Monday morning students meet in small groups to read their red, green, and blue StoryTown non-fiction readers before working together to answer comprehension questions. Sounds like a traditional classroom activity, right? But not so. These Informational Book Talks have a twist! Students use the same seven questions based on the Idaho Core Standards to explore each week’s text.

Students examine the text for evidence, use context clues to learn new vocabulary, identify author’s purpose through text features and structures and connect ideas throughout their reading. Students are quickly becoming more and more familiar with new academic language and are able to practice their speaking and listening skills while engaging in group discussions.

Feel free to try the Book Talk Cards in your own small groups or as a whole class. The cards can be printed to 3X5 cards and then laminated for student use. I have only created cards for third grade at the moment, but if you are interested in cards and talking prompts for a different grade level please email me and we can work together to examine the Idaho Core Reading Standards and create grade-level appropriate prompts. I’m also available to model the Book Talk Cards in your classroom or with your grade level team.Jennifer Signature