Grandpa’s Apple Trees is an original “turn-around, chain, or circular story” that I wrote for my students where the ending goes right back to the beginning!
(A well-known example of this type of story: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff) The story has a lot of sequencing, repetition, and reading practice for the students to show comprehension by using all the elements of the story to retell it. Included in this product are: a Teacher Read-Aloud version, student booklets, picture cards for sequencing, High Frequency Words/Vocabulary list, and a Retelling Wheel with two options. (Either key starter sentences, or picture clues to help retell the story) This is of high-interest for the students, and it is a great tool for K-1-2, and for English (ELD) learners. The Retelling Wheels are easy to make. Cut around both the Retelling Wheel and the cover. Cut pie shape out, and place the cover on top of the retelling wheel with a brad so it will spin. Copy the student booklet back to back, cut in half for TWO booklets and staple. These activities lend themselves well to whole class, literacy groups, or independent work. The students can also video their retelling time and enjoy watching/listening to themselves!
The story is about “life cycles,” not only of the apple trees, but also the family!
I have another product in my store called
Writing How-To’s: Making a PB & J Sandwich and More...
which has the life cycle of an apple, among other things, and writing activities for students to write How-To’s...
Please check it out, it goes very well with this product!
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