Thursday, May 24, 2018

What To Do On The Last (or the First) Day of School?

Create a Re-telling Book!

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This Re-telling book is perfect for the last day of school, but it is just as much fun for the first day too. You will just need to bring in socks for your students if you are using this on the 1st day of school. 
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If you copy the color version, it is perfect for the teacher to use to re-create the story of the The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. It will also make a wonderful addition to your classroom library.

You can create a color-copy of the re-telling book:

Here is a sample of the black & white copy:

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Here is how it works:
-Re-introduce the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle and discuss the various parts of the book as well as the life cycle of butterflies.
-Have students bring in a clean sock or pick some up at the Dollar Store. Students create a caterpillar sock puppet using markers (you can hot glue eyes on the puppets for them) and they re-tell the story using the color version of my interactive Hungry Caterpillar book. (Puppet directions are included in the set.) Make sure to cut out the holes on pages 3-9. Students can pass their caterpillar puppet through the holes on the pages as they re-tell the story.

-Use the link included in the directions, and have your students make caterpillar sock puppets. 

I had students bring in socks from The Dollar Store. Only half of the students needed to bring in socks for the entire class to have one. 
-Using the butterfly template in the set, have your students use crayons and watercolor paints to create a crayon resist design on the butterfly. Do this part in the morning to allow the butterflies to dry. Once they are dry, have your students cut along the square surrounding the butterfly. Have them fold their butterfly several times and place it inside their caterpillar sock puppet. 

-Copy the black & white version of the interactive re-telling book on white cardstock or white construction paper for each student and have them color the illustrations.

-Students should partner read (or buddy up with a partner class) to share their interactive re-telling books along, with their sock puppets, with a partner. They should allow their sock puppets to slide through the holes on pages 3-9 and they should remove the hidden butterfly from their sock puppet at the end of the story to reveal its beautiful colors. 

Science Link:  You can also have your students cut out the images of the butterfly's life cycle and glue them onto the correct spaces on the worksheet provided in the set. 

Your students will LOVE re-telling this familiar story, they will develop oral language skills, reinforce skills such as sequence of events, speaking in complete sentences, and re-telling familiar stories.And they will look forward to taking home their interactive re-telling book and sock puppets to share the story with their families. 

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You can grab your copy of The Hungry Caterpillar Re-telling Book by CLICKING HERE


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