The last few weeks we have really been working on retelling the sequence of events in a story. We have done this a variety of ways but today, we went all out! Don’t be afraid, it was super easy, engaging, and FUN!
As we are knee-deep in our weather unit, we have been reading a ton of non-fiction and fiction texts on the different types of weather. This week we are focusing on “rain” and “storms.” Our fiction book today was, “Boom! Boom! Boom!” It is SUCH a cute story about a little boy who is trying to go to sleep as a thunderstorm rolls in. Then, one by one, his pets ask if they can crawl into bed with him.
Our “big idea” this week is, “Good readers can remember the order that characters enter a story to retell it.”
In order to really understand this concept, after listening to the story, each child in my class chose which character they would like to be in our play, “Boom! Boom! Boom!”. Then, they got to work creating a “costume” to go along with their character. These costumes were ENTIRELY student created. I set out the supplies and they got to work drawing, cutting, and gluing.
I know I am biased, but I think they came out SO cute! Just look at some of them!
Here is our parrot.
Our frog and snake!
After all of their costumes were created (it took about 30 minutes), we practiced acting out the story as I narrated the story.
Our main character, got into his “bed” with his teddy named Fred.
Each character sat to the side, carefully listening for their cue. They were responsible for their part and remembering their lines.
(“*animal sound* Is there room for me?”)
One by one, they asked if there was any room and crawled into “bed.”
Then, we performed the play for our principal!! They LOVED this!!
This was such an EASY and fun way to practice this skill. The kids loved it and even wore their costumes during exploration centers later on in the day. I highly recommend trying something like this. It was a huge hit with my students.