Kindergartners Choose a Favorite Story to Retell
Instructional Time: 35 minutes

Process:
The Kindergarten teacher will begin by sharing the book tub "Favorite Stories" which contains books previously read in class. The teacher may pick out a few books, "Remember this story?" to generate excitement and enthusiasm. The teacher can model an example of a retelling to get students prepared for the project. "Today we are going to choose a favorite story we would like to retell." Each Kindergarten student will choose one favorite story to retell. (Top)

Who Are the Characters?
Instructional Time: 35 minutes

Process:
To introduce this activity during a Kindergarten Writer's Workshop, the teacher will model how to identify the main characters in a story. The class may discuss the difference between main characters and additional characters (determining importance). Each Kindergarten student will draw a picture of the main characters in the story selected for the retelling. These drafts will be shared with buddies later on. The original pictures can also be scanned and added into the multimedia slideshow. (Top)

Where Does the Story Take Place?
Instructional Time: 35 minutes

Process:
During a Kindergarten Writer's Workshop, Kindergartners will determine the setting for the stories they have selected for their retelling. The teacher will model an example with the class, drawing a detailed picture of the setting. Kindergartners will draw a detailed picture of the setting for their stories. Drawings will be shared with big buddies later on. These drawings may also be scanned and added into the multimedia slideshow. (Top)

Book Buddies: Kindergartners Share Their Drawings
Instructional Time: 35 minutes

Process:
Kindergartners will share their drawings (characters and setting) with their big buddies. Kindergartners are encouraged to speak clearly in full sentences and use detail to communicate with buddies and express ideas. Big buddies will write the words that younger students dictate: character names and a detailed description of the main story setting. Big buddies are encouraged to ask questions to elicit information from younger buddies. (Top)

Kindergartners Retell Favorite Stories with Drawings
Instructional Time: 35 minutes a day for 2 days

Process:
During a Kindergarten Writer's Workshop, students retell their favorite story using detailed drawings. The teacher may want to share a sample drawing of a retelling to show how colorful, detailed drawings help a writer express ideas to effectively retell a story. Students are encouraged to use at least three drawings to retell the beginning, middle and end of the story. These drawings will be shared with the big buddies later on and will also serve as rough drafts when students create their slides in Kid Pix Deluxe 3. (Top)

Kindergartners Retell Stories to Buddies
Instructional Time: 35 minutes a day for 1 day

Process:
Kindergartners will use their drawings to retell their favorite stories to big buddies. Kindergartners are encouraged to speak in clear, complete sentences and use detail to effectively express ideas to big buddies. Big buddies will write the words. This writing will be used to create the text for the slideshow and will also help guide Kindergartners when they record their retelling in Kid Pix at a later time. (Top)

Writing Our "About the Authors" Pages
Instructional Time: 35 minutes

Process:
Kindergartners and big buddies will write their author pages to include in the multimedia slideshows (Kindergartners to dictate to big buddies). Teachers will provide a standard format page for students to complete. Digital photos taken during the project will be included on author pages (with parent permission). (Top)

Kindergartners Create Slides to Retell Their Stories
Instructional Time: 35 minutes a day for 1 day each week for 3 weeks

Process:
To engage students, the teacher will share a sample slideshow of a retelling. Kindergartners will use Kid Pix Deluxe 3 multimedia software to illustrate the retelling of their favorite story. Each Kindergarten student will create three or more slides to correlate with the beginning, middle and end of the retelling. Previous drawings (paper-pencil drafts) may help guide students as they create slides for the multimedia project. Kindergartners are encouraged to use drawing tools previously introduced (pencil, shape, line, paint bucket, stamps, and background) as well as experiment with drawing tools in new ways to effectively communicate ideas. Teachers and parent helpers will support students in the lab and save student work in individual files. (Top)

Big Buddies Create the Slideshow
Instructional Time: 40 minutes a day for 1 day each week for 2 weeks

Process:
Kindergarten teachers will work with buddy classes (2nd and 3rd grades) to teach students how to create slide shows in Kid Pix Deluxe 3 by retrieving files, sequencing slides, typing text (from dictation sessions with Kindergarten buddies), adding transitions and formatting. Students will save projects in student folders. (Top)

Recording Our Stories
Instructional Time: 30 minutes a day for 5 days each week for 2 weeks

Process:
Teachers will work with Kindergartners individually to record voices for slideshows. (Top)

 

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