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.
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.
To make best use of the prompt cards, follow the steps below:
Feel free to adapt the cards to your needs. You might also:
What are some ways you are helping students have meaningful conversations about books? Comment below!