Each year I have at least one student who struggles to keep his or her desk clean. I'm always amazed at the treasures that can be found in an overstuffed desk: a classroom supply of scissors that has gradually disappeared over the school year, missing assignments, and the worst-unidentifiable food items. This book has a fun timing activity to help students stay organized, the partner retell below will help younger students learn how to summarize, and dressing the part will help you Teach Like a Pirate.
Activity Name: Partner Retell
Activity Description: Come dressed for the part wearing an apron and an oven mitt, carrying a cookie sheet. Bonus points if there are real cookies on the sheet. Put your cookie sheet in a pretend oven and "lose" your oven mitt. After your act but before you read the story, pass out a story element strip to each partner pair in the classroom. Using your skit, the title of the book, and students previous knowledge about story elements, students will use the strip to work together and predict the main character, the problem and the solution. The skit and the activity will help ignite their brains for learning. After reading the story, have pairs use the same strips again to retell the story again.
Whether it be for one specific student, a small group of kids, or a whole class, finding a "just right" book makes the teacher's and the students' day.