How to Create an Ideal Class Meeting Area for Read Alouds

It is incredibly important to create a space in your classroom that is specifically designed for read aloud time during your day. This can be a shared space for whole group instruction for any content area, but there are specific elements that need to be present in order for the space to be conducive to read alouds.

I am often asked: How can I create the IDEAL class meeting area for my read aloud instruction? This questioning is essential when you are setting up your classroom and creating a learning environment that best serves your students.

How to Get FREE Books for Your Classroom Library

As classroom teachers, we know how important it is to have a fully-stocked classroom library that includes a variety of genres, topics, plot lines, characters, settings, cultures, reading levels, etc. It is important for students to easily access texts that are interesting to them, show characters, plots, and settings that they can connect to themselves and their own lives, and show other cultures and other forms of diversity that they can begin to learn about.


Parents reading aloud to their child or children every day is one of the most important things they can do. As teachers, we know that it supports students in growing into proficient readers and learners. One of my favorite quotes is from Emilie Buchwald who said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” It couldn’t be more true! As a result, we need to support the parents/guardians of our students by providing them the resources and information they need to help their children. This could include sending home books each night, letting them know about available community resources, and sharing current and relevant information and tips. Read below to gather 10 read aloud tips to share with your students’ parents.


Books! Glorious books! While we want our kids reading a variety of great literature to themselves, there are also books we hoard to use as read alouds and mentor texts. How do we keep these books separate but also accessible? Read below to learn how to organize read aloud books in your classroom.
Read alouds and mentor texts are so important for reading to elementary students! Take a look at how I organize these books using lists and categories like comprehension strategies, genres, and other classroom organization strategies.

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