In this classroom we read a lot. I do a lot of teacher Read Alouds, probably two a day. And in this case we've read the Three Billy Goats Guff. We've read a few different versions, this is their favorite. And here I'd like to show how you can transform your sand table into a really fun place to retell a story. Here we have some rulers that we've turned into the rickety old bridge. The children get to act out the story by manipulating the props. And the children love the trip-trap trip-trap part that they read as the goats go across and get scared by the mean old troll, and they find theirself over to the greener grass.
And here I'm giving the children an opportunity just to distinguish the vowels in the words trip and trap and trip and trap. So I've highlighted those two vowels to distinguish them. I've also placed them in two different places so that voice would do something different when they read those words. So that visual cue helps them when they're reading.
Another extension of the read of the Three Billy Goats Guff is using the flannel board with these felt flannel characters. Here the children get to retell the story using the characters that easily stick onto this board. In this case we wanted to change the ending of the story so that it wasn't quite so violent.
The goal of Sand Table and Flannel Board: Contexts for Retelling Stories (Virtual Tour) is to provide students with an opportunity to retell a story and develop their reading comprehension skills.
- Provide students with visual cues to help them when they are reading.
- As an extension activity or as a formative assessment, have students retell the story on a flannel board.