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Create a road map to retell a story. Where does the story begin? Where does it go in the middle? Where does it end? Teams work together using Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons to create a story path that continues from one dry-erase board to the next.
Retelling stories is a great way to discover how well children comprehend what they read. Retellings can include details about the characters, setting, problems, and solutions. Well-written plots have a developed beginning, middle, and end.
Read stories with strong plot lines, such as Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan or Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback. Share stories as a read aloud or provide a library of choices for children.
Group children in teams of 3 or 4 to create a road map that retells the story they have read. Use Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons to model how to draw a path that connects across 3 or 4 individual dry-erase boards. Along the path each team member can draw pictures and write words to tell the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Students collaborate in determining which parts will be shown on each board. Encourage them to share ideas about which details to include on which board and how they will be shown. Groups of 4 can use the fourth board to illustrate the message or lesson of the story.
Student groups arrange the boards in order to retell the story. Assess students’ abilities to describe details about characters, setting, problems, and solutions in the correct order. Use this information to plan future story mapping lessons.
Get creative and colorful designing plots of “fairly stupid” fairy tales!
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