What I found was students would get excited when they heard a sentence from our "Do Now" during the IRA. They also were able to internalize vocabulary meanings and grammar principles in a way that I've never seen a group of my students do so. I believe a big reason for this is because the grammar and vocabulary were not done in isolation. They connected right into our IRA, and I would also then infuse the concepts from the "Do Now" for that day into Reading and Writing Workshop.
This morning I went through a few weeks of Smartboard lessons from this past school year and took screenshots of our "Do Nows" to share with you as examples of Interactive Edits and Interactive Vocabulary. I hope these examples spur some ideas for how you can use Interactive Read Alouds in your classroom next year to infuse grammar and vocabulary instruction.
(Click on the screen shots below to see as a full screen.)