New! Beginning, Middle, End Story Sequencing
K - 1st
Students read and become familiar with the story Where the Wild Things Are." In this literacy technology lesson, students work in three groups. Each group works on retelling part of the story. Then they use graphic organizer software to order the story.
Applying Ahimsa to Traditional Stories
Investigate the life of Mahatma Gandhi by researching non-violent lifestyles. Learners define the word ahimsa and discuss the personal characteristics that made Gandhi a peaceful warrior. They also create a poster about the story "The Little Red Hen" as an example of a story with a moral. This is a multi-grade lesson because it can be adapted to so many different stories and examples. Character analysis and comparisons between texts are made.
Making a Magical Story
Fourth and fifth graders use their knowledge of developing character, dialogue, and setting to produce an original story. An excerpt from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is used as inspiration to get everyone's creative juices flowing. A terrific worksheet is embedded in the plan (as is the excerpt from the story). These aids will help pupils organize their thinking and develop their stories. The classic five-step process is used to write these stories; character, setting, plot, help, conclusion. A terrific writing lesson plan!
Changing the End of a Story
Second graders re-write a story. In this alternate endings lesson, 2nd graders read Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, by Leo Lionni, stopping to discuss the events and predict what will happen next. Students work in groups to come up with a different ending to the story and then share their endings with the class.
Story Structure Slide Show
Analyzing the sequence of actions in dramatic stories leads to deeper comprehension of story structure. The class identifies the main actions in each section of a story and develops frozen tableau's for the identified actions of the story. Great for kinesthetic learners!
The Story Volcano
Students analyze parts of a story through the sequence of actions. In this story elements activity, students work in groups to read a story about a volcano and complete a worksheet on the elements within the story. Students then create second scenes that builds cumulatively through the story elements. Students present their scenes to the class.
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves Storia Teaching Guide
There was an old lady who swallowed some leaves? Little learners read a new version of the old swallow story with a fall twist as they try to answer the big question; Why is that lady swallowing all that weird stuff? The teacher's guide includes pre-reading activities, rhyming vocabulary practice, modeled and shared reading ideas, worksheets, flashcards, and cross-curricular extension ideas based on the story. The strategies used aid in reading comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary acquisition in a fun and engaging way. Plus, the book is hilarious!
Genre: Short Story
Discover the genre of short stories with sixth graders. They discuss the characteristics of short stories from the book America Street. Then, they compare and contrast movies and television shows and chart story characteristics. Various readings are recommended along with a reflective activity.
The Beginning, The Middle, & The End
Cut magazine pictures into three sections, having your youngsters piece the pictures back together. With this fun activity, they discover the importance of sequencing a story. Then they use a fun template (shaped like a burger) to write a story with a beginning, middle, and end.
Explore the Ukraine through a reading of The Mitten. Readers will determine the sequence of events, cause and effect, make predictions, and find the main idea of the story. They also use math skills to make charts and graphs. Finally, they will draw additional animals that could be found in the story.
Snow Globe Family
Kindergartners sequence the parts of a story using a snow globe as a setting. They will listen to Snow Globe Family and retell the parts of the story noting the beginning, the middle, and the end. Then they will make their own snow globes to discuss snow and weather.
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