Cookie's Week, Another Way to Retell

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SWBAT use drawings to retell a story while working in a group. Student Objective: I can work with my friends to retell a story.

Big Idea

Retelling a story builds comprehension. It also reinforces sequencing since it demands remembering information, events, and processes.


5 minutes

Boys and girls in today's lesson, you will have a chance to work with your friends to retell the story, Cookie's Week.  You need to pick your own groups of three, but some of you will have a group of four.  If there are children who sit on the fringe, I made groups of four so that everyone had a place for this activity. Huddle up and quietly chat among yourselves as I asked what Cookie did each day.  For example, "On Monday, Cookie......"   "On Tuesday, Cookie..."  This way you will all get to share what you recall.




10 minutes

Each of your groups will be given a set of picture cards for retelling.   Your job is to take the cards and put the story cards in order, as I read the story.  It will be a bit noisy, so it is not like a traditional storytelling time. I still want you to use your quiet voices though so that everyone care hear me read. Once the story is read, you will have a turn to retell the story to their groups. 

Story retelling is a technique that ties into learning experiences and is an effective way to improve children's reading comprehension. For young children who are just starting to develop their reading skills, this exercise can be extremely helpful. Story recall leads to large improvements in story comprehension, making inferences, and understanding of story structure. Rather than having children answer specific questions about story details, story retelling requires children to focus on the bigger picture of the story and therefore allows the teacher to see how well a child understands the story as a whole. By having children tell the story in their own words, educators can identify children's strengths, and specific areas of difficulty that arise for individual students.

The photos that have been added to the resources section are named after our classroom toy cat named Crackers.  Crackers acted out Cookie's Week so that I could use his photos, but there is another great resource here for retelling the story.


10 minutes

One at a time, each group is called up to show the class in which retelling order that they placed their cards.  At the end, the class will give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on whether they agree or disagree with the order that has been established.  Groups will have the opportunity to rearrange their cards, if necessary.  You have a done a great job working together to retell the story of Cookie's Week! Now we are going to take what you have learned about the days of the week and we are going to do some work about putting the days in order. Where could you look if you got stuck and could not remember what day comes next?  That's right.  You could look at our calendar board.

After this activity, the children worked on a Days of the Week:cut, paste, and stamping to practice putting the days of the week in order.