Recently I have been thinking about what a great center activity retelling might me. So, I came up with a way to organize your reading retell materials.
I found this bin at Michaels, but there is a similar one from Amazon. You can click HERE to see it.
Then I put each book in its own box within the case. I typed the titles of the books on labels and added those to the sides. I also took the unit retelling cards from our Guiding Readers and added them to the top as a visual reminder for students.
Students can simply have the box and the book in a bin. Snowy Day: You can find the cards HERE. You can find the book HERE.
The can take the cards out and review the text.
Then put the cards in sequential order.
Here are the cards for Sneezy the Snowman. You can find the cards HERE. You can find the book HERE.
These cards are showing cause and effect details from the text.
Here are the cards for the book The Moon Seems to Change. You can find the cards HERE. You can find the book HERE.
Students are asked to put the phases of the moon in order.
You can grab the label for the front of the bin by clicking on the picture below.
Somehow having these cards neatly stored together makes my heart happy!
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I have all the Guiding Readers units… Where can I get the icon/clipart word “Retelling Cards” label for the box? (I’m OCD when it comes to organization.) I LOVE LOVE this idea of making those cards in to a center!!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING!!!
Hi Rhonda! If you click on the picture towards the end of the post, it will take you to the file. I have a note in the post to tell you which one. 🙂
That’s BRILLIANT!! I’m totally doing this! Thanks for the idea!
Thank you! I’m excited to see how it turns out!
Ok so I’m about to start labeling my containers (yay 50% off at Michael’s). How did you go about deciding which stories to include in the container. There are only 16 spaces available and upwards of 48 to choose from. 96 if you have both sets like me LOL. Are you going to put all of them into these containers or did you just choose 16 of your faves? I’m suffering from over-choice over here, HELP!
Hi there! 16 spaces would allow for 16 stories (or 3 months of the Guiding Readers units). Because I have both sets, I was only able to get a month and a half worth of stories… Ha! I would just include the stories that your class enjoyed the most and are most likely to go back and revisit.
I’m wondering if you and Deanna would ever consider selling your retelling cards separately from your units?. I would like more resources for retelling specifically. Thanks for considering.
Hi there! It would be really hard to extract just the retell pieces. I’m sorry.
I love the idea of the cards but where,exactly, do you put the books? Your comment said in a box but I didn’t see a picture of what you were referring to. By the way, I have seen these storage boxes at Costco, too.
NO! I was JUST at Costco TODAY! Just means I have to go back… why do I love that place so much?
Sorry… what I should have said was the book goes in the bin. So in the station bin, the book and the retell cards would be together. I would have several sets there so students could revisit their favorite books again and again.
Do you have a list of all your first edition Guided Reader Books somewhere? I’ve looked but can only find 2nd edition. Also, How do you organize your books with Guiding Reader Curriculum? File folders? Binders with book? Thanks for all you do!
Yes! You can grab them in the FREE curriculum guide (see my sidebar). It also has organizational tips.
What a magnificent idea! I keep mine in ziploc bags and the kids either rip or lose the bag and we have the pieces all over the place. I’m definitely going to buy this!! Thanks