Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Story Basket

I found these cute and inexpensive wooden shapes at JoAnn Fabric.  I'm using them in my classroom as story elements for the children's dictated stories.  On Day 1, I have the basket out during center time for the children to explore on their own.  On Day 2, I sit with the basket and invite one child at a time to sit with me and choose some of the shapes to tell a story about.  I write their dictated stories and then type them up and bring them back for the children to illustrate.  For some of the children the shapes help them focus and their stories come more easily.  I also have fewer re-tellings of cartoon and/or Disney movies :)

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