Bright Ideas: Keeping Your Students Engaged During Read Alouds

Wow! I am so excited to be a part of this fantastic blog hop! I hope you’ll be able to use some of these amazing ideas! Since there are some many posts, I’m going to get right into my bright idea.

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We all read aloud to our students, but how can we make sure they are truly engaged?

Well, here’s my tip.

Keep Your Students Engaged During Read Alouds

I often give my students a graphic organizer when we’re reading aloud together and have them look for certain things such as tricky words, the problem and solution, who the characters are… whatever skill we’re focusing on! This gives them a mission and goal during the read aloud which keeps them from passively listening and requires them to think during the story. This helps keeps my students accountable.

Graphic Organizer on the Carpet

AND I don’t even have to bother with clipboards anymore.

Dry Erase Board and Pencil

I have my students grab their mini dry erase board from their desk and a pencil and they’re ready to go. This reduces transition time because they each can quickly grab their own. They also don’t waste time trying to clip their paper in to the top part which can be tricky for little hands.

Go ahead and try it out and see just how engaged your students are during read alouds when they have a mission and a goal!

Now, click the link below to check out Tara from 4th Grade Frolic’s fabulous tip about making multiple choice easy!

OR if you want to, just click the links below to check out the other bright idea posts. 🙂

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I have always had a passion for teaching and sharing with others and look forward to sharing my ideas with you!


  • Elisabeth
    March 9, 2014 7:12 am

    Great idea!

  • Erin
    March 9, 2014 11:50 am

    I love the idea of giving them a specific mission!

  • Tori
    March 9, 2014 1:19 pm

    So important to keep our students accountable!
    Tori’s Teacher Tips

  • theschroederpage
    March 9, 2014 9:55 pm

    I use my slates for everything in my classroom and they are a perfect substitute for a clipboard. Thanks for sharing!

    The Schroeder Page

  • Tanya
    March 10, 2014 10:50 pm

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing! =)

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