Teachers in grades 3, 4 and 5 spend weeks and weeks (like 5-6) reading aloud chapter books to their students. In some classrooms, students have a copy of the book. Is there research that speaks to the effectiveness of a read-aloud over a period of time?
Does student interest wane after two weeks or so?
Are there ways to think strategically about read aloud time ... to incorporate instruction?
What do we want students to know and be able to do as a result of a read aloud in this context?