Story Time Area
Students spend 30 minutes of instructional time in the Story Time area where they are read aloud carefully selected fiction and non-fiction that will help deepen their listening skills as well as provide opportunities to have meaningful discussions about the books they read. Using the research-based program Braidy, The StoryBraid by Mind Wing Concepts, students learn about story structure (e.g. characters, setting, story resolution, etc.). Students practice their oral language skills by talking about stories, summarizing the main elements of a story and thinking beyond that specific text; students are encouraged to think about how the story may relate to other stories, to themselves and to the world they live in. Students also read non-fiction materials to help foster an understanding of the differences with this type of text and begin to learn about what it means to research and learn a new subject. Vocabulary acquisition is another important component of the Story Time area. Vocabulary words are selected from the texts that are read to the students. Students interact with new vocabulary words by looking at pictures that help capture a meaning of the word and draw their own pictures to help them remember each vocabulary word they are taught. Students then play various games to help secure the meaning of the new vocabulary words so that they become part of their vocabulary.