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.
The sequencing book can be used as an independent literacy center (if your students are high enough), or a small group lesson. When I do this with my lower kinder students, we spend 2 days reading the book and telling the story with the visual cards. Then over the next 2 days we build our sequencing books together and they get to practice "reading" their book before it goes home. We read other books throughout the week, but will spend about one week focusing on a book for our small group lessons. Depending on your student's abilities, you may be able to complete the book much faster.
This bear book does include a lot of components, in retelling the story it was important for us to include enough of the plot elements for the story to make sense. And we just had too much fun in my class "growling and grumbling" and practicing going "Aaaa-aaaa-chooo!" like the Bear does. :)
When I did this with my kids, I prep the books ahead of time and pre-cut the icons [if your students have better fine motor control, they can cut the pictures out independently]. We sorted them and only passed out about 5 pictures at a time to cut down on confusion. While building our sequencing book, we keep the book out to reference to as we go.
I've included color images and black and white images for both the sequencing book and the visuals for retelling the story, depending on your printer options at school. The answer cards for the sequencing books are stacked to fit more on one page (cut down on paper usage) - you will need to print one copy (3 pages) for every 2 kids. The dotted lines in the file show you where to cut to build the books and share the answer pictures among kids. The visual cards will be 2.5"x2.5" when complete. Just in case you aren't sure exactly how to put the sequencing books together (because maybe, unlike my class, you haven't read the story 10 times in one week), I've included an answer key for the teacher to reference for building the books.
There are 2 pages of visuals to retell the story and each sequencing book will be 20 pages when complete including cover page and "the end". This book is longer than most to include the page with the words "and the bear snores on" each time the words appear to help your students cue in to the pattern and remember to retell as they read.
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