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Years ago I prepared this workshop for a school, I named it Storytelling. Here are the pictures:
1. Three little pigs: The series Sprinkles from richmond Publishing come with this great BIG BOOK, I love it. For this story I made a flannel board with felt and glued velcro to the cut outs. The title is a download from www.sparklebox.com and the cutouts I don´t remember right now. As I used the Cd which read the story I placed the cutouts and followed along. Then I made some stations around the class as House 1, 2, 3. I designated some students to be pig 1,2,3 and made some tags. All this I found at www.makinglearningfun.com.
2. I tried different things to make each story a special experience for the students, allowing them to live the story and to become involved and be a part of it. For this one I made some tags using the cutouts that come with the book. I also made some medals that they won for reacting the story and took home to show their parents.The illustrations that come in the big book often help to explain the new vocabulary.
3.The other story was the Gingerbread Man. I have a blog entry here, if you want to check out more activities. I used once again the cutouts from the book and made some more, but this time I created stick puppets by placing a stick puppet wuth masking tape to each cut out.
I also gave a gingerbread man as name tags to each student.
Among the many benefits of read aloud, Rog (2001) lists the following:
- building vocabulary
- developing understandings of story structures
- supporting developing connections between print elements
- encouraging high levels of understanding
- teaching the reading process in a meaningful context
- modeling fluency
- motivating students to read
.4. As EFL teachers we always worry about the speaking vocabulary of the class. The stories that we use should engage students at the edge of their speaking vocabulary, usually a grade or two above their grade-level. The Big Book that comes along is based on this. The other story was Goldilocks and the 3 bears. This time I used more stick puppets but with 3 sizes of the objects and played some games like getting into groups by objects and by size.
5. For the rhyme Humpty Dumpty, I introduced preliminary vocabulary, such All the king´s horses, but I didn’t spend too much time on this, I used the pictures on the book, so they could follow. I made some finger puppets so they could react the story. I also made some puzzles that could put together. Got the printables at www.makinglearningfun.com. I also made a crown for me to wear while reading the story!!
Try not allow too much time to lapse between days when you read, maybe after each unit plan a reading session.
6. Read aloud to students is no easy task. I use the CD most of the time because it has special effects and voices, but if you don´t Cds to go along with the book,work on reading expressively and ask for feedback or listen to yourself on tape. This other story came with this prop as a printable to make to go along with the story ,as the CD read the story the students moved the strip of paper.