***Packet upgraded 12/13/15.***
Thanks for your interest in my Mrs. Wishy-Washy Story Sequence & Retell Cards
that were inspired by the popular children’s board book by Joy Cowley.
This download includes:
1 set of 12 story retell cards
4 character cards & 4 character crowns
12 numeral & 12 ordinal cards
2 Sequence Activities: I have included one sequencing “cut and paste” activity crown and one story retelling necklace activity. Both work well in a classroom setting, as well as in family engagement/home learning kits. Students in my class are encouraged to take completed sequencing activities home and explain the story to at least one adult family member.
In My Classroom:
I read Mrs. Wishy-Washy to my class over and over throughout the week. Once children are familiar with the book, I use the sequence cards as an engaging and interactive math activity. I place adhesive business card magnets to the back of my “teacher set” of cards. Doing so helps me create a really fun whole group, small group, or individual center activity utilizing my magnet board. For my literacy center, I have a “kid set” of cards in a pocket chart hanging on the wall. (No magnets on that set – just laminate and trim.) Students can sequence and number on their own or with a buddy. In general, I find my story retell & sequence activities to be most effective when utilized during teacher-led, whole or small group sessions.
Story Retell Cards:
Print the story retell & number cards (pages 5-10), trim all the cards, laminate them, and have students retell and number the sequence of events that take place during the book Mrs. Wishy-Washy. (Each story card is numbered in the bottom right corner. This helps teachers quickly sort the cards for storage!)
On card stock, print pages 11-14 (character crowns) and print four copies of page 17 (crown straps). Cut around each of the crowns and crown straps, laminate them, staple together, and have students wear a crown when they act out the story during literacy centers or group activities. (You can create a size-adjustable crown with Velcro if need be.) In my classroom, I use my giant blue recycle bin as the wash tub, and I have a bath scrubby puff from the dollar story for Mrs. Wishy Washy to use when she bathes the animals. (The first time we do this, I make sure that I am playing the part of Mrs. Wishy-Washy.) My kiddos dearly LOVE this activity!
Story Sequence Cut & Paste Crown:
Students will need crayons, scissors, and glue sticks. Print one sequence cut and paste activity per student (page 15/16). Students will color and cut out each card. They will then sequence the cards onto the number squares in the order the actions take place in the story. Of course, if you choose to print the color version, coloring will not be necessary.
Story Retelling Necklace Activity:
Students will need crayons, scissors, a hole punch, yarn, and (optional) pony beads. Print the necklace cards (page 18/19). Have students color the cards, cut around each one, punch a hole at the top of each card, and lace the picture cards onto a long piece of yarn in the same order actions take place in the story. (Two to three pony beads between each picture card makes the story easier to retell due to spacing in between cards). Of course, if you choose to print the color version, coloring will not be necessary.
With younger preschool students, as well as children with special needs, it is sometimes helpful to have long pieces of yarn 1) pre-cut and ready to string, as well as 2) taped on one end to keep the yarn from splitting while lacing. Of course, if you choose to print the color version, coloring will not be necessary.
Pick up a FREE write & draw story retell recording sheet HERE.
Find more of my story stretching activities HERE.