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Books for the following stories are included:
The Ugly Duckling
Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Three Little Pigs
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Little Red Riding Hood
The Little Red Hen
The Gingerbread Man
Jack and the Bean Stalk
Each story includes two versions:
An easy, patterned sentence version with large print and few pages so students can practice high frequency words and patterned sentences. (Approx. DRA levels A-2) Each patterned story also includes 1 text-dependent question where students must illustrate/write their answer.
A harder, plot-based version with 6-7 pages that retells events of the fairy tale, so students can practice decoding, using picture cues, and applying their knowledge of high frequency words (Approx. DRA levels 2-6). Each syllabic story includes 2-3 text-dependent questions where students must write their answer. 1 Response (W.K.1) or retelling (W.K.3) question is also included. There questions are marked with a star for difficulty. If you students are not at the level to answer them in writing, students can discuss these questions with a partner and provide oral answers.
Print double-sized (flip on short side). You can laminate before stapling to reuse these books, but I often just print and staple and let the children keep them.
For my beginning readers in Kindergarten, I use these stories in Guided Reading once my students are already familiar enough with each fairy tale or fable to retell them. This way, they do not need to learn new vocabulary, but use vocabulary they already have.
Before reading, have students summarize the events of the story using the images. Then have students look for and highlight familiar letters or words in the text. For students struggling with comprehension, I have the students discuss each page before reading based on the images, rather than the story as a whole.
After reading, I sometimes have my students locate specific words in the text using initial sounds and other clues.
After repeated readings, I have my students answer questions about the text and highlight their evidence in the text.