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Catching the Bug for Reading Through Interactive Read-Alouds

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Grades K – 1
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Three 30-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Cathy J. Morton

Ogden, Utah


International Literacy Association



From Theory to Practice



This lesson uses an interactive read-aloud of Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten by Joseph Slate to help kindergarten and first-grade students learn reading strategies and how to prevent the spread of germs in their classroom. Students discuss and build knowledge about how germs are spread, how to cope with having a substitute teacher, and how to construct a caring classroom community, all while learning about story structure, new vocabulary, and a variety of reading strategies.

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Barrentine, S.J. (1996). Engaging with reading through interactive read-alouds. The Reading Teacher, 50, 36-43.

  • During interactive read-alouds, teachers pose questions throughout the reading that enhance meaning construction and also show how one makes sense of texts.

  • Dialogue during read-aloud events supports students as they construct meaning based on the story and draw upon their personal experiences to build story relevance.

  • These meaning-centered interactions engage students with literacy information and demonstrate strategies that they can adopt for use when reading independently.


Rog, L.J. (2001). Early literacy instruction in kindergarten. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

  • Select high-quality literature that extends children's knowledge of literature, language, and the world.

  • Allow students to discuss the text as it is being read to scaffold their construction of meaning.


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