Our background knowledge of illustrations, parts of a story (beginning, middle and end) and learning to put those together to capture small moments have brought us to four finger stories. Kids love to share small moments but sometimes those moments are too small :) Continuing to read great books about small moments I will introduce four finger stories using transition words: First, next, then and...(the end).
At first we will use the stories and capture that small moment and retell it using the words first (one finger), next (second finger), then (third finger) and (fourth finger) to show that we can tell a story in four parts or four pages.
This idea will hopefully get them writing longer stories that flow from beginning, middle to the end. We will use a lot of student work to help guide us in this as well next week (after they have had some time to practice).
If you hit up the library, Patricia Polacco is a fantastic author to check out! She has amazing stories that come from small moments in her life. Check them out!
Books we will read:
My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother
I Hate English
Julius, The Baby of the World,
Sheila Rae, The Brave