Exciting lesson ideas, classroom strategies, book lists, videos, and reproducibles in a daily blog by teachers

Alycia

I live in New York

I teach 3rd grade

I am an almost-digital-native and Ms. Frizzle wannabe

Rhonda

I live in New Jersey

I teach sixth grade literacy

I am passionate about my students becoming lifelong readers and writers

Christy

I live in New York

I teach K-5

I am a proud supporter of American public education and a tech integrationist

Erin

I live in Michigan

I teach second grade

I am a Tweet loving, technology integrating, mom of two with a passion for classroom design!

Allie

I live in Nevada

I teach PreK-K

I am a loving, enthusiastic teacher whose goal is to make learning exciting for every child

Genia

I live in Michigan

I teach 3rd grade

I am seriously addicted to all things technology in my teaching

Kriscia

I live in California

I teach fourth and fifth grades

I am an eager educator, on the hunt to find the brilliance in all

Brian

I live in North Carolina

I teach kindergarten

I am a kindergarten teacher who takes creating a fun, engaging classroom seriously

Meghan

I live in Alabama

I teach first grade

I am an obsessive personality with a creative flair

Lindsey

I live in Illinois

I teach fourth grade

I am a theme-weaving, bargain-hunting, creative public educator

Literacy Prompt Cards: Deepening Student Conversations From Day One

By Julie Ballew on September 10, 2012
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Like many teachers, I am always looking for ways to help students have meaningful conversations about books. As early as kindergarten, we want kids to have discussions that go beyond listing characters or basic facts from the books they are reading. In many classrooms at my school, we’ve had great success in deepening understanding and sparking thought-provoking exchanges with literacy prompt cards.

Literacy Prompt Cards

 

What Are Literacy Prompt Cards?

A kindergarten teacher at my school came up with the idea, and I worked with the upper grades to bring them into the classroom. We thought about the conversations we wished were happening, then we made cards to prompt those exact conversations. The kindergarten teachers asked for icons so that students can learn what the prompts are even if they can’t read the words, and those icons stay consistent so that students don’t have to relearn the cards each year. These cards give students a variety of options for discussing the books that they have read with a partner.

 

Click on your grade level to download the appropriate cards.

Sample literacy prompt card

Kindergarten

 

1st Grade

 

2nd Grade

 

3rd5th Grade

 

 

Using Literacy Prompt Cards

To make best use of the prompt cards, follow the steps below:

  • Print the cards on cardstock, and punch a hole in the corner of each card. Place the cards on a metal binder ring. (A pipe cleaner works just as well if you don’t have any binder rings!)
  • Use the prompts from the cards when you discuss books as a class so that your students will know how to use them. Introduce one or two cards a day until you’ve modeled how to talk in response to each one.
  • Put several sets of the cards in your classroom library or another spot that is accessible to your students. Encourage them to use the cards during independent and partner reading.
  • When your students are just beginning to use the cards, move around the room and listen to the conversations. Remind them of good listening behaviors, and reinforce the meaningful discussions with praise. This step takes some time, but it will save you a lot of management headaches later!
  • Refer to the prompts on the cards as often as you can. If you are using the prompts to talk about books, your students will, too!
     

Students using literacy prompt cards

Additional Tips

Feel free to adapt the cards to your needs. You might also:

  • Decide to start with only a few of the cards on a ring and add to them later.
  • Run the nonfiction cards on cardstock of one color and the fiction cards on another color.

What are some ways you are helping students have meaningful conversations about books? Comment below!

Comments (4)

Thanks for sharing! I will share these cards with the teachers at my school.
Mariam

Thanks, Mariam! Would love to hear how it goes!

These literacy prompt cards are great ideas. It can help the kids get more engaged in discussions about books.
-Katie Jones

Thanks, Katie! We have seen amazing conversations happen with these cards.

Post a Comment
(Please sign in to leave a comment. Privacy Policy)
Back to Top