Read Aloud Plan Grade Level of Students: Second Grade Book Chosen: Insectlopedia by Douglas Florian Why did you choose this book? I chose this book because it is one that I have read for an annotated bibliography in another class. I like this book because it not only teaches students about different kinds of bugs, but it also is a poetry book and can be used to teach students more about the English language Before Reading: Procedure for introducing the book 1. Display photocopied pictures from the book around the room as well other pictures, models, or realia that correspond with the book. 2. Ask students if they know what each of the insects are. Some may know the general names of each insect, and it is here that I can label what each one is. 3. Ask students what they know about poetry. Do they like poetry? Is poetry fun? What are poems written about? Could poems be written about insects? 4. Introduce the book Insectlopedia and gather them around to hear the different poem of the different bugs. During Reading: Questions to confirm predictions and make further ones. 1. After reading the second poem on page 9, I will ask students what they thought of the first two poems. “How were they alike? How were they different? What do you think the next poem will be about?” 2. I will flip to page 10, which is the poem “The Daddy Longlegs,” and I will ask students what they think the poem will do. “Will this poem describe, explain, or glorify the Daddy Longlegs? Will it ask the spider about how it came to be? Or will it describe its diet?” 3. When I get to “The Inchworm” on page 14, I will ask students if they have ever seen a poem crafted to look like something. “Students, look at this page! Not only does it show a picture of an inchworm, but the poem itself is also shaped like an inchworm! What other insects could have a poem shaped like them?” 4. After reading page 21, I will ask students (by using the VizCam on the book) if they can see which word is a play on words. If they do not find “mam-moth” after some wait time, then I will point it out to them. 5. I will continue to read the book’s poems until page 27. After Reading: 1. I will have students raise their hands to share which poem they liked the best and the reasons why they liked it best. 2. I will ask what other insects could be written about in the book. I will make a list of these insects. 3. I will then ask for students to go to their seats and pick an insect from the board, or one that we have read about from the book. They will be asked to write a poem and to draw a picture of their insect on the paper. 4. These papers will be collected and hung next to each of the insects around the room, and students can travel around the room reading each one.