Encourage intentional listening in your classroom!
Without warning, I started posting a Secret Sentence outside of my door before the kids arrived... They soon caught on to the fact that the sentence was hiding within our read aloud! Everyday I choose a sentence that we will come across during our read aloud. When the kiddos hear the sentence, they give me a silent signal (choose your own!). I ask them why they think I love this sentence so much, and we discuss the author's word choice and how the sentence adds to the tone of the story... later in the day we practice reading the sentence aloud to work on our fluency or "reading like an actor." My kids get so excited to hear the sentence and I get so excited knowing they're actively listening :)
* Interactive Read Alouds
* Close Reading
* Vocabulary Word Hunts
* Finding Text Evidence