Last week I shared a writing activity inspired by Patricia Polacco's book Meteor! After raving about Patricia Polacco's visit to my school and creating an elementary writing activity, I decided I also needed to create an interactive read aloud of Meteor! teachers can use in the classroom.
Interactive read alouds are an important component of a balanced literacy classroom. Research proves the value of reading aloud to students of all ages, and that students benefit from being read aloud to several times throughout a week.
Teachers need to select a text that is both meaningful and engaging to students, while considering how the text will support lessons, units, or themes the class works on during the year. I also like to let current events, holidays, and student opinions influence the books I choose to use for read alouds. And always remember that thought-provoking questions are essential to every interactive read aloud. I personally use the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Cognitive Dimensions to ensure students take part in a variety of discussions from understanding the plot of the story to analyzing the author’s message.
My printable interactive read aloud of Meteor! can be modified to use with grades K–5. Text-dependent questions are provided based on the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Cognitive Dimensions to promote higher levels of text discussion.
About Meteor! by Patricia Polacco
This is the first book published by famous children’s author Patricia Polacco. This is the story of an actual meteor that landed on her grandparent’s farm and how it impacted the town.