Story Elements - Retelling Cards and Activities

Kristen Vibas
Grade Levels
K - 3rd
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38 pages
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Kristen Vibas


Support beginning readers in building the foundation of reading comprehension with story elements and retelling cards. Students build content vocabulary knowledge with the use of scaffolded story elements cards, as well as, practice their retelling skills with story picture cards from three fairy tales and two fables.

Story Elements Cards - provided in full color AND in printer friendly black and white. >>> They are perfect to use on a display or bulletin board AND at the guided reading table! <<<

Story elements vocabulary terms include: title, characters, setting, problem, solution, plot, events, beginning, middle and end

Stories Included:

The Three Little Pigs

The Ugly Duckling

The Three Bears

The Grasshopper and the Ants

The Crow and the Pitcher

Retelling Cards - Students sequence and practice retelling the stories during guided reading, or with a partner in an engaging center activity. An awesome activity for building comprehension and oral language skills.

Do you have beginning English language learners? This resource would be perfect for them too! How do you get your beginning ELLs to increase their reading level? By explicitly teaching and practicing the skill of retelling!

Also included:

2 Story Elements Graphic Organizers

1 Assessment

Student Notebook Page

Vocabulary Terms and Description Cards for a Matching Activity

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Additional Retelling Practice:

Retelling Practice for Fiction

Total Pages
38 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.


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