Innovative
Classroom

Center Focus

Re-tell A Story

  1. Have books at this center that are about a series of events--a good book is Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion. Comet's Nine Lives by Jan Brett works well also.
  2. Students should pick one of the books to read and try to remember the order of events and some of the particular actions that occurred.
  3. They should then retell the story in their own words, recalling as many details as they can without looking at the book.
  4. You can also have younger students retell the story into a tape recorder and compare their memory with the book.

More Center Focus Ideas

The Real Reason
Macaroni Names
The Stars and Stripes
Tall Tales
Election 2000
Candy Heart Count
Olympic Rings
The Great Wall of China
The Heart of the Matter
How fast Can You Run?
Traditional Pumpkin Pie
Am I a Square?
"A Busy Year" Reading
Journal Topic: Space Exploration
What’s Your Valentine Worth?
Author Spotlight
Depict an Event
Totem Pole
Speech Writing
Inch By Inch Map
Corn on the Cob
Pocket Chart
Complete the Story
Re-tell A Story
Where Did the Easter Bunny Come From?
Columbus Acrostic
Bean Bag Throw-and-Catch
A to Z
If You Could Be An Animal
Matching Animals To Their Names
The Scariest Thing
Interview a Veteran
Who Is That?
Alphabetizing Objects
All About Columbus
What Happens to the Paper?
Poetry vs. Prose
Where Is This?
Literature Response
Washer Weights
Spinner Probability
Martin Luther King Jr.
Egg Volume
Story in a Bag
Seasons
How Far is Sydney?
Potato Latkes
Aluminum Boat Contest
Love Songs
Discoverer of America?