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Using a picture book to retell the sequence of events-13
Turning a picture book into a play to review the sequence of events
6 Apr, 2016. 2 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Language, Kindergarten Writing, Language, Preschool, Preschool Language, Reading. Posted By: Kristen Smith

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.

Using a picture book to retell the sequence of events

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.

Kindergarten students used the picture book, "Boom! Boom! Boom!" to practice retelling the sequence of events by turning it into a play. So fun!!

I know I am biased, but I think they came out SO cute!  Just look at some of them!

Here is our parrot.

Kindergarten students used the picture book, "Boom! Boom! Boom!" to practice retelling the sequence of events by turning it into a play. So fun!!

Our frog and snake!
Kindergarten students used the picture book, "Boom! Boom! Boom!" to practice retelling the sequence of events by turning it into a play. So fun!!

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.

Kindergarten students used the picture book, "Boom! Boom! Boom!" to practice retelling the sequence of events by turning it into a play. So fun!!

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.”

Kindergarten students created a play to act out the sequence of events

Kindergarten students used the picture book, "Boom! Boom! Boom!" to practice retelling the sequence of events by turning it into a play. So fun!!

Then, we performed the play for our principal!! They LOVED this!!

Kindergarten students used the picture book, "Boom! Boom! Boom!" to practice retelling the sequence of events by turning it into a play. So fun!!

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.

Kindergarten students used the picture book, "Boom! Boom! Boom!" to practice retelling the sequence of events by turning it into a play. So fun!!

If you are interested in other Weather Unit ideas that go along with fiction and non-fiction books, I have a kindergarten pack that you will love! You can check it out, here!

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  1. Lisa -

    I am the GATE coordinator at our school, and I push into first grade classes. The teachers asked for a sequencing lesson, and I used this adorable lesson. The students loved it! Thanks so much…I look forward to using your other lessons in the future.

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  • Lisa -

    I am the GATE coordinator at our school, and I push into first grade classes. The teachers asked for a sequencing lesson, and I used this adorable lesson. The students loved it! Thanks so much…I look forward to using your other lessons in the future.

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