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I tried a few of the activities during the past few weeks (just to make sure my kid brain wasn't WAY off base). Let's just say I was pleased as punch with the outcome.
We started with News Report Retells. I have a bunch of hams in my class this year and I thought why not try a little roll play??!! This lesson has two activities tied to it. A whole class acting ditty and a partner interviewing task. Both were big hits with my babes!
The next week we abandoned our regular old summary sheet for something MUCH MORE kid friendly - comic books. Yup. My sweeties completed a retell comic book style. They worked extra hard for me on this one and didn't even know it. The buy-in was extraordinary!
Last week we read a different tale and rolled with this Phone-A-Friend idea (inspired by Ms. Ashley Hughes clip art). Common Core is all about student interaction and I wanted to keep creating things that encourage interaction. What better way to do this than with cell phones?? This lesson comes with a whole class portion as well as an individual follow up activity. My kids LOVED playing with those silly fake phones . . . they were frothing at the mouth to get a chance to retell our read alouds!
We will be rollin' with the Rockin' Retell craft next week and I think it's gonna be a grand event. We are always playing air guitar when something good happens in class, so it only seemed logical that I make a craft to capitalize on this excitement. If I know my crew, I know that their eyes will light up when I tell them we are going to be "Rock Star Retellers" for the day! I'll be sure to post pictures next week :)
Alright my friends . . . that's my Rockin' Retell Pack in a nutshell. There are oodles of other activities jammed in there too, but I figured I better give it a rest! Check back on Friday for a Rockin' Retell Freebie. I am working on something extra fun, but I need a few more days to get my ducks in a row. Oh, and be sure to watch Facebook today. I am going to do a giveaway later tonight. Be sure to follow my Teacher Idea Factory page if you don't already!! With this said, I am off to get busy! Thanks for visiting :)