This week we are starting to work on orally retelling a story. We talked about how reading can be for fun or for learning or both! But in order to enjoy and learn from reading, we need to remember it! So we are going to read The Gingerbread Man and various versions of that story. A repetitive story will be beneficial for starting out retellings. We will go through each story element (beginning, middle and end), characters and setting. This is something that we will really dig into now (longer unit) and then continue to see/use in other areas of study.
Some things you can be doing at home is checking in when they are reading or maybe after and see if they can orally retell you what happened. Eventually, they will work on writing their retelling. Some students may be ready before others, no worries! Even if you are reading at home to your child, you can still check in to see if they understand and can recall the story.
This week we will practice focusing on characters and quick partner retellings.