Activities and Lessons
for Language Arts

Retelling Stories
~ Stacey Lund

Several of our teachers have made retell beads with their class, which is a set of colored pony beads on a ribbon, then used as a bookmark. The beads are strung on so they slide, much like a golf counter. Kids can then keep it in their independent reading book and practice the skill on their own after the teacher has modeled how to use it.

Each bead is a different color, representing a part of a retell:
Blue (three different colors of blue)-3 main events

We made an anchor chart for students to refer to as they are learning what each color means. You could also add a picture cue next to the color and story element, especially to support ELL students.

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