Have you tried interactive books in your classroom yet? My kiddos and I LOVE them!!
I love them because they keep the students’ attention with less prompting or support. When students have to interact on every page there isn’t time to zone out, become distracted, etc. WIN!!!
I also love the many opportunities to practice language and vocabulary.
My students always want to be the one to turn the page, match the picture, etc. These interactive books natural draw their attention because they have more chances to do something other than sit and listen.
Right now we are learning about fall, apples and pumpkins, so we are using the Fall Interactive Books set. Here is how we use them…
We start by reading and matching the pictures on each page. I typically use these books with 1 to 2 students at a time to keep student participation high. While I am reading, I point to each word. This helps students associate written and spoken words, helps students understand reading is left to right, helps with one to one correspondence, etc.
Students match the picture on each page after the page is read. My interactive books are set up to be read by adults or students. The repetitive words and text patterns are perfect for beginning readers.
Depending on your students, you can also add in another opportunity to practice labeling or filling in the blanks. After students locate the matching picture on the side, ask a question or fill in sentence. For example, in the picture below I said, “The apples are growing on the ____” You could also target yes/no by asking students, “Do apples grow on trees?”
After each page has been read and all of the pictures have been matched, we flip to the first page. During this time through the book we work on labeling and matching again. Ask another related question and then have the student return the picture back to the side strip. Examples of questions you could ask on the page below include, “Who is holding the apples?” “What is in the girl’s bucket?” “What color are the apples?”, etc. It is very easy to differentiate questions depending on the students’ needs.
Interactive books are also fun to use during independent reading time, work tasks, when students finish early, etc.
The interactive books in the pictures above can be found HERE.
Do you have another way to use interactive books? We would love to read about it in the comments section.