My students in my classroom love doing read alouds. We use these visuals to help them retell the story with me - I pass out a handful of cards to each student before I begin the story. We review what each card is before we begin reading, and then as I read, students help put the cards in order (either on the small group table or in a pocket chart). The students stay engaged through the whole story and it helps them with their retelling later.
My kiddos love Bear books - the books follow a predictable pattern and have the same characters appear again and again. My students love the predictability of the books and feel successful when we retell the stories. They really enjoy doing the "extras" with me when I read, so I have included images to support the pages in the book where the animals go "Chew, chomp, crunch!" "Aaaaaachoo!", and where the bear "blubbers on". Each animal is represented in the visuals, along with what they bring to the party. There are multiples of a few animals (bear, mouse), as these animals appear on multiple pages. For example, mouse starts the fire in the beginning of the story, but later tells bear they can pop more corn. My kids need the visuals to appear multiple times so they can retell the story successfully and we don't run out of animals before the book is done.
I've included color images and black and white images, depending on your printer options at school. The visual cards will be 2.5"x2.5" when complete.