By Linda Hoyt
Informational read alouds ignite imagination, strengthen academic vocabulary, and build strong foundations for inquiry. They’re easy. They’re interesting. But I am concerned because…they aren’t happening enough!
Unfortunately, evidence continues to suggest that teachers are still leaning heavily toward fiction during read alouds. (Layne, 2015; Scholastic & YouGov, 2014; Duke, 2014) I would argue that it is time for us to take active steps toward ensuring that every learner experiences the power of an informational read aloud, every day. With help from masters of nonfiction such as Seymour Simon, Nicola Davies, Gail Gibbons, Melvin Berger, Doreen Rappaport and so many more, students will erupt with questions and ignite a sense of wonder that will electrify learning.
Here are a few tips to ensure success with informational read alouds: