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One of our goals in kindergarten is to become proficient storytellers. We do this by retelling familiar stories to include character, setting, and events. Students learn best through hands on learning. We can support this by creating a retelling center that has hands on pieces so students can act out the story. Students will be able to practice retelling stories using the pieces that match our familiar stories.

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Suncoast - Hands on Retelling in Kindergarten

School:
Sawgrass Lake Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Rachelle Blanco 
Students Impacted:
38 
Grade:
Date:
October 29, 2018

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Suncoast Credit Union - $459.85

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 38

This project has brought so much learning to my classroom. Students are excited about retelling stories. They use the character names, setting, and detailed events when they retell stories. Students are able to act out the story, which helps them remember how it goes. They are able to build their oral language and vocabulary while playing. Students are more engaged in their work now that they have access to hands on pieces for the stories. This center has increased the retelling scores for my class according to common assessments. We are so grateful for the opportunity to use the hands on retelling pieces for learning.

 

Thank you for supporting our class!

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A student retelling the story of the 3 Little Pigs

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A student retelling the story of the 3 Bears.

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

One of our goals in kindergarten is to become proficient storytellers. We do this by retelling familiar stories to include character, setting, and events. Students learn best through hands on learning. We can support this by creating a retelling center that has hands on pieces so students can act out the story. Students will be able to practice retelling stories using the pieces that match our familiar stories. 

 

What will be done with my students

The hands on retelling pieces will be used to enhance our retelling center. The hands on retelling pieces will be available daily in this center for students to practice retelling stories. By having the pieces available for the students, they will be more engaged and have the support needed to practice and remember how the story goes while being independent of the teacher. By having the retelling pieces available in addition to the books, students will be more likely to remember the story because they are using multiple modalities while learning. Research shows that students remember more when they see it, touch it, and say it. The hands on retelling center will provide this opportunity for the students.  

 

Benefits to my students

This project will benefit my students in multiple ways. Students will be able to practice our retelling standard independently. They will build their oral language skills as they become more familiar with the stories. They will learn to cooperate as they work with partners to tell stories and practice their listening skills. Students will be able to gain confidence as they practice each story. I have several students that speak English as their second language. This project will benefit these students with opportunities for them to practice building new vocabulary and language. 

 

Describe the Students

We are a Title 1 school where everyone gets free breakfast and lunch due to many students living in poverty. My students come from various backgrounds. While several students speak other languages in their home, six students qualified for the ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) program. We have 5 ESE students which include varying exceptionalities, speech and language. At this time, 15% of my students are considered low performers. Some students have never been to school before so it is vital that I provide the hands on opportunities needed for them to be successful learners. 

 

Budget Narrative

Each kit comes with the necessary components needed to retell the story. The storytelling kits will be organized and placed in a retelling center. Students will pick one story to retell using the characters, setting, and events in the kit. The lapboards will be available for students to use at the center for sequencing and organizing their story. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes storytelling kit $29.99
2 Pete the Cat: Rocking my school shoes storytelling kit $29.99
3 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree Kit $29.99
4 Rainbow Fish Storytelling Kit $29.99
5 Three Billy Goats Gruff Kit $59.99
6 Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Kit $49.99
7 Little Red Riding Hood Kit $49.99
8 Three Little Pigs Kit $49.99
9 Gingerbread Man Kit $49.99
10 5 Storytelling Lapboards $49.95
11 The Very Hungary Caterpillar Kit $29.99
  Total: $459.85

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