I have just finished teaching two lessons that focused on one of the Common Core standards, which is retelling stories.
To illustrate the process of retelling in my 1st Grade ESOL class, I first focused on the use of sequence words FIRST, NEXT, THEN, and LAST. I made sure they used these words when they retold the story. We practiced using these keywords with the aid of my retelling anchor chart during a whole-group activity by reading “There was an Old Lady who Swallowed Some Leaves.
There are several “There was an Old Lady” books but I thought this is perfect for the beginning of the Fall Season.
My retelling anchor chart is a modification of the chart found in tekyteach.blogspot.com to include the story I’m using with a space for practicing the use of sequence words. I am thankful to Christie of first-grade-fever. blogspot.com for her Old Lady booklet freebie.
For their writing activity, I used the free printable by kizclub.com to make an old lady template. What I did was glue a lined paper on the blank space in the old lady pattern so that I could have a writing template for my kids. They just love this writing task! Click on this link for the old lady pattern, which you can just modify to suit your activity.
My drawing of the old lady on the bulletin board was inspired by Carries’ Speech Corner. My kids’ work is displayed just in time for the start of the Fall season.
I hope you like my First grade retelling lesson!
Enjoy the cool breeze of September!