Who doesn't love the classic stories? So why not use them to construct anchor charts and pocket chart centers that focus on story sequencing, comprehension, text comparison opportunities and more. These cute sets can pair easily with any of your favorite retellings of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The 3 Pigs or The Little Red Hen.
The sequence I follow is an intro of a favorite version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, etc., then we construct our story using the pocket chart cards and pictures. This promotes proper sequencing of the story, focuses on beginning, middle, and end and invites students to show their comprehension of what transpired in the story.
After the pocket chart poem lesson, the next lesson involves a retelling, then a reading of the familiar word reader version of the story. Students color and practice reading the story.
Next, we revisit how the story unfolded by cutting and pasting pictures that represent elements of the story on a timeline in the correct order.
I like to print three sets of the story card images. One set goes with the pocket chart sentence cards, the other two sets can become a Memory Game.
Students also use the Memory Game pieces in sequential order to play a game called Speed Story! Students slap cards down in order while retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs, etc., as quickly as they can. The first one to tell the entire story using the cards in order wins!
You can construct at least four centers using components of the "Comprehending the Classics" sets:
Pocket Chart Story Cards and Image Cards
Timeline Comprehension Cut/Paste
Story Text Comprehension Sequencing Activity
Familiar Words Reader
Write Your Own Story Book Cover and Writing Pages
The Little Red Hen anchor chart set is perfect for teaching past/present tense verbs and nouns associated with the classic story of The Little Red Hen. A variety of animal pieces are included to accommodate the different versions of the story. The same is true for verb usage that goes along with different versions of the story. There are three response activities that require students to think about the verbs, or the nouns who said, "Not I". The pieces can be laminated and reused each year!
All three of these sets are wonderful for sequencing and story retelling! If you like anchor chart activities, you may also like: