Jan 23, 2015

Repost of an Oldie: Read & Retell {Freebie Included}

Hi friends!

I was looking back at some of my very first blog posts and decided that I really needed to share some! An interesting fact, I actually started this blog (under a different name) for one my graduate courses. I was required to start a blog (at that time, I thought: "A what?!") and I had to post various literacy activities that I worked on in my classroom. So, here we go, all the way back to 2010. If you make it through the whole thing, there is an old freebie included! I may try to revamp it and make it a little cuter!!! However, I still have these freebie cards in my own classroom, laminated on hot pink card stock! I also have a set on metal rings! AND I still do the station listed below, still have these same baskets!

In this workstation, books are sorted out into leveled baskets. These baskets are in a different part of the room than my "library," as to not get those books mixed up with these. These books are only used for this Read and Retell Workstation. 

Directions for this workstation are visibly posted for students:
Directions for Read and Retell Workstation

Students are to read the book at their level or one level below, to ensure comprehension.
Then students are to complete the Read and Retell Accountability Sheet

**I now have an updated Read and Retell sheet in my TPT store. So, you choose which you like!


After completing the Read and Retell sheet, students are able to verbally do a retell of the book that they read.

Additional Resources:
Read and Retell Cards can be used in a small group or in a workstation. Each card has a short, simple paragraph on it. Students can read it and practice how well they can do a "retell." This is useful for me when first teaching students how to retell a story with as many details as they remember. Instead of giving them a full page passage to try to retell, I give them these short cards because they are actually able to achieve this task quickly and correctly. I find that it builds their confidence because in some cases they can actually give a 100% retell! After awhile, these are too easy and I move onto full books (like above) or longer passages with more complex ideas. These cards can easily be printed onto cardstock and laminated. You can keep them all together on a ring for students to flip through, or you can keep them separated in a deck and hand out one to each student. They can even trade and listen to their partner do the retell while they check for accuracy on the card in front of them.

FCRR Retell Rings, Retell a Story, and other activities Scroll through Narrative Text Activities to find various "Retell" options.

Here is another blog post I did about my Read and Retell station just last spring: April 30, 2014
This more recent post shows some pictures of how my Read and Retell station looks now. The retell cards that I spoke about above are a separate station. I really need some pictures of it!

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