My favorite? Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock
This week, my students worked on character analysis, retelling, and finding the moral of the story (all Common Core State Standards).
We started by looking at a real spider that one of my students brought in from his basement. Next, I gave the students a little background knowledge on West African Ashanti Storytelling with this free powerpoint:
Then I used my favorite SIOP strategy of Interactive Read Aloud to read/tell the story. The kids loved saying "KPOM!" I was so impressed with the independence that the students were able to show when doing the retelling component.
Anyhoo - lots to do tonight so I won't delay in sharing. Grab the file for the 3 comprehension activities here FREE at TPT. Happy Reading!
I'm linking up with Teaching Blog Addict's Freebie Friday on this one. How magnificent is the weekly list of freebies?
Ohhh... almost forgot! In an effort to bring my beloved Anansi to life... I had the kids make their own Silly Spiders using the template from Doodle Bugs Teaching. Not only did my students really all memorize that spiders have eight legs, but the little buggers turned into an adorable way for them to display their work! Win-Win!