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The Relatives Came, written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, is a classic story about a family reunion. You can feel the love and sheer joy of the relatives' get-together in this Caldecott-winning book. If you don't have the book, you can watch it here:
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✿ Retelling Punch (or Highlight!) Card and Written Retell
I have partners for the Punch Card retell. Before retelling, I have kids think about/refer to story elements chart I have hanging in classroom. Then, they practice (independently) retelling the story using cards as a reference point. When ready, student gives card to a partner. As student retells the story, partner punches or highlights each successful part of the retell. NOTE: I model this so many times before I hand this task over to them. Partners are encouraged to prompt when needed. Often I let them choose between written/oral retell. I never do both but like the option of having them. Pick which one is best for your students/book you selected. Primary/Secondary lines included. Copy for a two-sided written retell.
Again, I model what the final product should look like several times before I encourage students to complete independently. Have students select and highlight (or put an X on) the chosen prompt. Have extra paper available if needed. (Run two-sided…if you want. Primary/Secondary Lines included.) If single-sided, you could have them illustrate finished prompt on back. ART SMART! NOTE: Many of the story prompts end up being Small Moment stories which we call “One Time” stories. Kids know I expect them to make characters MOVE, TALK, and FEEL, use TRANSITION words, and include a B-M-E. Results in fun, creative stories! Often have an Opinion option as well! Always fun to gain insights into their thoughts/beliefs.
Want your kids' phonetic skills to grow by leaps and bounds? Anxious to see if they can APPLY what you've taught them? If you haven't introduced Make-A-Word to your class, give it a try. TRULY AMAZING RESULTS! In the beginning, we make words together. I use Magnetic Letters on board and we manipulate them into words AFTER noticing what digraphs, vowels, the “s” for plurals, etc. we see. Always remind them in the beginning that each word must have a vowel. I sometimes allow them to work together and often have a minute break where kids share out a word they made. I’ll write it on board and students are allowed to “grab” it and add word to own paper if desired. It’s a good learning opportunity. It’s March now as I write this and this week my lowest child got 18 words and my highest got over fifty in a twenty-minute period. Great word work!