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Do you read the story “Sneezy the Snowman” by Maureen Wright?
It’s one of my students’ favorite winter books, and perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.
With that in mind, I designed these quick, easy and fun storytelling wheels, with matching puzzles.
There are full color patterns to use in a language arts center, as well as samples to share, plus black & white patterns, so your students can make their own.
There are three wheel “cover” options to choose from.
One features Sneezy, another shows children building the snowman, and the 3rd is a full-bodied snowman, where the wheel is the big “snowball” base. The snowman’s “head” is easily trimmed and glued to the top.
Choose your favorite, or give students a choice. Obviously the "head topper" takes a bit longer, but is my personal favorite.
When everyone is done making a wheel, practice telling “Sneezy the Snowman” using the manipulative. Simply turn the wheel and call on a child to explain what’s happening in that graphic.
Afterwards, have students pick a partner and take turns retelling the story to each other. Sometimes we do this with our older reading buddies.
This is a quick, easy & fun way to check comprehension as a whole group.
For writing practice, and a different comprehension check, have students complete the “Here’s What Happened” writing prompt worksheet, then color it. I’ve included a color copy so you can do this as a whole group activity with little ones.
For more reinforcement, as well as another way to assess comprehension, I’ve also included “color, cut & glue” puzzle worksheets.
Use the full-color versions for an independent center, and print the black and white pattern, so children can arrange their own puzzle.
Another super-fun thing for students to do is to play “Speed”. They pick a partner and race to see who can sequence their puzzle first.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a fun-filled time displaying brrr-illiant mastery of these standards using wheels & puzzles.
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