Read Aloud to Teach!

Give ThanksUse real books to teach real information.

Select a book that you think your students will both enjoy and understand. Read it aloud sentence-by-sentence or paragraph-by-paragraph. After each sentence or paragraph either explain what it means or ask your students if they understand.

Keep in mind that you are communicating ideas, thoughts, and information and not testing your students or putting them on the spot in any way. Many books have ideas, thoughts, and information in them that are over the heads of children and need to be explained. You might even find specific vocabulary words that need to be made clear.


There are many different reasons for reading out loud to children. For each reason there are many different kinds of books to select. For this particular activity choose a book that you think will be of particular interest to your students. Here are some popular topics–planes, trains, cars, presidents, dolls, different cultures, etc. The list goes on.

*Adapted from Make Your Own Preschool Games: A Personalized Play and Learn Program by Sally Goldberg, p. 196

November! The Month of Giving Thanks

Behavioral and psychological research gives us this info about giving thanks. It makes people

* Happier

* More resilient

* Have stronger relationships

* Be healthier

* Feel less stressed


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