Because of this wintry mix that is coming down, we are out of school tomorrow.
I should be happy, but I'm actually bummed!
We just had a week off for Thanksgiving. In just two short weeks, we are off again for the Holidays. Now we will need to give up one of our few days off during our spring semester. I would rather have the day off later.
However, I bet you don't hear me complaining tomorrow morning after I sleep in and sit casually drinking a cup of coffee. Ha ha!
I had to include this picture, because this is absolutely true!
Last week, we learned to identify the story elements. If you didn't see my post, you can find it here.
This week, we have been learning to retell a story. During our literacy assessments, the students have to retell the stories to demonstrate their understanding of the text. We use a 3 point rubric system. While they retell, we cannot prompt them. If we need to ask any questions, they score a 2 and they cannot go to the next level. They are expected to name the characters, setting, problem and solution. They should also tell the events in detail from beginning to end.
Tough don't you think? I think so!
This week, we used this anchor chart to retell the story of The Three Bears.
I wanted to start out easy, so I could be explicit in explaining the expectations. Also, I wanted to use the same clip art that we used last week while we were studying the story elements. I thought the visual cues would be extremely helpful for the visual learners.
We also created retelling ropes. I made pieces with the same clip art to match our retelling chart and story elements chart. I haven't had a chance to take a picture yet. I'll add that to a post later.