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Storytelling wheels are a quick, easy & fun way for students to practice the “retelling & sequencing” a story standards.
There are 5 “print & go” cover options to choose from.
Pick your favorite, or give students a choice.
There are full color patterns to use for an independent center, as well as a sample to share, plus a black & white pattern, so students can make their own.
When everyone is done, practice retelling “The Polar Express" using the manipulative. Everyone starts by turning their wheel so that the boy in his pajamas appears in the “pie-slice window”, then call on a child to begin the story,
Continue to turn the wheel, calling on different students to tell you that portion of the story, explaining the “picture prompt”.
Afterwards, have students pick a partner and take turns sharing their wheels with each other.
Sometimes we do this with our older, reading buddies.
This is a quick, easy & fun way to check comprehension too.
For writing practice, and to check comprehension, and reinforce the “sequencing a story” standard, I’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened” writing prompt worksheet.
Besides BW, there’s a full color template so you can quickly & easily make an example to share, or do as a whole group activity with little ones.
I’ve also included a circular “Polar Express” puzzle. Use the colorful patterns for an independent center, and the black & white version so students can make their own puzzle to take home.
The base, which students place the puzzle pieces on, includes ordinal numbers so you can practice that standard as well.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping you and your students enjoy “turning & learning”.