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Popcorn Book Report
DescriptionThis activity is a great way to get children excited about recalling events of a story. Students are able to select their own reading material and then illustrate and retell the events of the story on a lunch sack that is then filled with popcorn to eat!
ObjectivesThe student uses a variety of strategies to comprehend text (for example, self-monitoring, predicting, retelling, discussing, restating ideas).
Materials-Bag Report Checklist (see Associated File)
-One brown lunch sack for each student
-Crayons for each student
-Pencil for each student
-Four bags of microwave popcorn already popped
-One book for each student (these are teacher selected—be sure you are familiar with the plot)
-One transparency with various nursery rhymes (see Associated File)
-Presentation Checklist (see Associated File)—For Extension use only
Preparations1. Obtain one brown paper lunch bag for each child.
2. Make a transparency of the Nursery Rhyme sheet (see Associated File).
3. Make a copy of the Bag Report Checklist (see Associated File) for the teacher’s use.
4. Get out books (one for each student) that the teacher is familiar with and that are appropriate for the students’ reading levels.
ProceduresNOTE: Students should have prior knowledge of the time order words first, next, then, and last.
1. Tell the students we are going to have fun revisiting some of our favorite nursery rhymes. Have the overhead prepared with the transparency (see Associated File) and have a student turn out the light. Tell students that they need to be listening carefully because they will need to retell these nursery rhymes using the time order words first, next, then and last.
2. Read "Jack and Jill" aloud to the students as they read along silently.
3. Ask a student what happened first. Ask another what happened next. Continue in the same manner with then and last. Tell the students that retelling events in a story helps them understand what they have read.
4. Do the next example, "Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater," in the same manner. Allow various students to recall what happened in the story first, next, then and last.
5. Tell the students they are going to have an opportunity to recall events from a story that they would like to read. Allow each student to come up and choose a book from your pre-selected library.
6. Explain to students they are going to read their stories silently to themselves. While they are reading, they need to be thinking about retelling the events of the story in four parts using the time order words first, next, then, and last.
7. Give children brown lunch sacks and have them place their books on the corners of their desks. Tell them that when they have finished reading their stories they will be retelling their stories on these paper bags.
8. Tell the students to have their bags laying on their desks with the open side facing up. Model this by clipping a paper bag to the chalkboard with the open side facing up. Draw on the board four big rectangles to represent the four sides of the paper bag. Explain that each side of the paper bag will represent one part of the story. All parts of the story will be written in pencil. The first part of the story (FIRST) will be written on the top part of the front side of the bag. The second part of the story (NEXT) will be written on the top of on the right side of the bag (the students will have to turn the bag ¼ of a full turn). The third part of the story (THEN) will be written on the top of the back side of the paper bag (have the students turn the bag ¼ of a turn). And the ending of the story (LAST) will be written on the top of the left side of the bag (have the students turn the bag ¼ of a full turn). Be sure to hold up a paper bag in your hand as you are explaining directions to the students showing them each side of the bag. At this time, share the criteria for assessment from the checklist with students.
9. After they have retold their stories on the paper bags have them raise their hands. You will formatively assess the student by reading the bag to ensure he/she has retold the story correctly. Once this is done, allow them to illustrate each part of the story. Remind them that illustrations should always match the written print.
10. Once they have retold the stories and completed their illustrations, formatively assess their completed bags with the Bag Report Checklist. If the student has mastered all the criteria then he/she will be rewarded with a bag full of popcorn to eat!
AssessmentsEvidence: Each student retells the his/her selected story on a brown paper bag using illustrations and the time order words first, next, then and last.
Formatively assess each bag report by moving from student to student providing feedback and using the Bag Report Checklist (+, -) (see Associated File). Provide corrective feedback using the completed checklist. Students who do not successfully meet all of the criteria receive a short one-on-one reteaching from the teacher.
Criteria: The students use the bag to show comprehension by retelling the complete story using illustrations and the time order words first, next, then, and last.
ExtensionsThe students can present their bag reports orally to the class on the following day.
Talk to the students about oral presentations and what will be expected of them when presenting their stories to the class. They will be allowed to bring their bags with them to the front of the class. When they do their presentations they will need to make eye contact with their audience, speak loudly enough for everyone to hear, and make sure they retell the story in four parts.
See the Associated File for a suggested Presentation Checklist.
Rather than filling the child’s bag with popcorn after the bag is complete on the first day wait, until the second day and fill each child’s bag with popcorn before the presentations. After the entire class has presented their stories, each child is allowed to eat their popcorn treat.
Attached FilesNursery Rhyme Sheet File Extension: pdf
Bag Report Checklist File Extension: pdf
Presentation Checklist File Extension: pdf
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