Using this simple concept book, students practice skills that address Language Arts Common Core Standards.
First, students study illustrations looking for the main idea and details of the story. Then they use speaking and listening skills as they retell the story with a partner. Next, they write a narrative that relates to the illustrations using complete sentences and appropriate conventions. Finally, the students expand the sentences to add details.
Storyline: When the girl in the story takes a walk, along comes a gust of wind and blows her plain white hat off her head. The wind takes the hat several places throughout the story, each time collecting a decoration: up, down, in, out, over, under, between, and around. At the conclusion of the story the hat ends up back on the girl’s head, fully decorated.
Even though this activity involves using a simple concept book, it is not limited for use only in the primary grades. It can be used as an exercise to practice “stretching” sentences by adding details and style with intermediate students, as well. Except for the concept words that are used on each page, this story is open-ended which allows for creativity.
The duration of the activity varies upon grade level; a few days for primary grades to one or two periods for intermediate grades. It may be used as a whole class activity, a guided writing group activity, or in a literary center for independent or partner work
Included in this file are the story, adaptable lesson plans, story pages with primary lines and intermediate lines, and story pages with preprinted basic sentences.