In my classroom, I often find that read alouds quickly build student interest. I love to read the first book in a series and get the students really involved. Frequently, students like to continue with a series and/or author I have introduced in class.
Every year around Halloween, I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to my class. I decorate the room with Harry Potter inspired items. When it is read aloud time, I put on my Hogwarts cape, Gryffindor scarf, and Harry Potter glasses! Then, instead of a Halloween party, we have a Harry Potter Party. We have a “potions class” (an ice cream sundae bar) where the students concoct their own creations and we watch the movie. The students complete an activity comparing the movie version with the book version (meeting standards for the Common Core). Guess what? The kids always prefer book.
I cannot tell you how many students say this was their FAVORITE part of the entire year. Moreover, many of my students go on to read the rest of the series.
Students in my class have become excited about other books I have used as read alouds (he Lightning Thief, Little House in the Big Woods, The Leomanade War, and many others).
I’m not gonna lie. Finding the time to read aloud is a constant struggle. However, I believe that it is one of the best things I do as a teacher to build excitement about reading. I will continue to MAKE the time for read aloud each day.