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.
3/18/2018 10:37:08 pm
Kate, you are doing such an incredible service to teachers, students, and authors. Thank you! I also wanted to mention that this book was just republished by Mazo Publishers and they did an amazing job with it and it is now in paperback! I have so many activities for Ruth the Sleuth on my website, so please stop and try some other activities as well. And I offer a few free Skype visits during the year as well, so educators, feel free to contact me!
3/20/2018 06:42:12 am
Thanks, Carol! I hope 100 Book Trailers has brought joy into many classrooms.
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