Follow the Yellow Brick Road Retelling

I’m back today to report to you that I DID NOT have to suck it up and eat the larva for snack today.  And…PTL…I remembered my math & literacy stations AND I got a full 7 hours sleep…minus 30 minutes here and there thanks to a cover hogging husband :)  Yes friends, today was MUCH better than yesterday…well, except for having to control the LOUDNESS that is my classroom while our 4th graders took the STARR test today.  Bless their hearts.

This week we’re working on retelling.  I feel like EVERY teacher does a pretty stinkin’ great job at driving home this concept.  I’m pretty sure we’re constantly asking questions before/during/after reading and encouraging to summarize stories in their own words.  Did y’all see Kelli’s post last night about Retelling Ropes??  Am I the ONLY teacher who’s NEVER heard of this?!?!?  I absolutely LOVED this idea!!!!!

Retelling Rope

image via Kelli @ Castles & Crayons

GENIUS idea.  Absolutely GENIUS!!! 

I saw her precious idea late last night while I was promising myself I’d get to bed early.  HA.  Clearly, I didn’t have enough time to head to the Lob and pick up my goodies to make my own retelling rope…which I swear I’m doing AS SOON as I leave school tomorrow…so I decided to play a little game of “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” Retelling with my kids instead. 

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We read the story, Bear’s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson, and I had the kids follow the “yellow brick road” to retell the story in their own words.  Ohmiword.  They LOVED it.  A few of my girls were even singing the song in between rounds of retelling. 

As a whole group, we worked to “retell” the story together.

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I used stickies so that we can reuse our chart throughout the week!  When we finished adding to our chart, I had the kids retell the story in their own words using this recording sheet….

{click on the pic for your copy}

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I left the yellow brick road out all day so that the kids would be able to practice retelling stories after reading to self/someone.  They were slightly *obsessed*.  I went ahead and hung up the yellow brick road at the end of the day so that we could use this visual as we continue practice our retelling skills. 

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I can’t wait to make Kelli’s Retelling Rope to hang up, too!  The kids will LOVE it!

I went ahead and made these Retelling Anchor Charts for the kids.  I’m going to run off a few copies, laminate them, and leave them in the reading center for the kids to use after they read.  I also included a little mini copy…a desk version of the charts.  I think I’m going to put these in the reading center also and let the kids use counters to “walk” on the yellow brick road as they retell the story as an option, too. 

{Click on the pic for your download.}

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If you’re looking for some more Wizard of Oz themed units, check out Abby’s Wizard of Oz Math & Literacy Unit and Kelly & Diane’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz Math & Literacy Centers.  They are BOTH to-die-for!!!  Can’t wait to put them to use in a few short weeks!!

74 comments:

  1. I love love love this! You are a genius! I can't wait to use this with my firsties! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  3. I also adored Kelli's retelling rope! My firsties are lovin' it! Thanks so much for the additions...these will work perfectly with read to someone!

    Gladys

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  4. Awesome post! Thank you so much.

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful

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  5. Sooooo darn cute! Of course! You are the best!
    Kerri B
    Teacherbitsandbobs

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  6. Love love love this! I can't wait to use this with my kinders {our comprehension skill next week is retelling}. You always have the cutest ideas to inspire me!


    ✪ Miss W

    Miss W Teaches

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  8. I love it and I would love to use it for my observation but I am having problems downloading. It says the file is damaged or cannot be opened. Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas. You are great!
    Melissa
    Mayoralm@flaglerschools.com

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  9. You are so creative! LOVE IT!!

    Jodi
    fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  10. This is awesome! And I love Kelli's retelling rope idea!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  11. Once again, you are AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much!

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  12. I am a wee bit obsessed with Wizard of Oz, especially in my classroom. Love this! Glad you recovered from Monday!

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  13. This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing!

    ✰Amber
    Sparkles , Smiles, and Student Teaching

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  14. I was so excited I may have peed a little when I read your post. I LOVE IT! I blogged about it and hope more people use your idea!!

    Erica
    littlesoaringeagles.blogspot.com

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  15. These are so amazing!!
    I love checking out your blog, even though I teach Kindergarten :)
    Thank you for all you do.

    Sara

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  16. These are GREAT! Thank you so much for sharing! :)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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  17. I hadn't heard of it either...but how awesome is this?! I absolutely love your blog, Cara. You are amazing.

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  18. YOU never cease to amaze me, sweet friend! :)

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  19. Thank you for sharing! I ABSOLUTELY love this anchor chart! I can't wait to make my very own! Your a genius!

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  20. Fantastic idea!! LOVE LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing.
    Rhonda
    Classroom Fun

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  21. Fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Amazing!!! Thank you soooo much for sharing, and for the free downloads! I think I'm looping with my kids next year to 2nd grade... can you do the same?!?! :)

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  23. These are wonderful! Thank you. :)
    I am glad you survivied the STAAR test. I am in kinder and we are in the middle of two rooms that had testing - I was told to day that the paper towel dispenser in my room was too loud and we couldn't use it anymore. I am just glad it's timed and we only had to hold out until 12:30. Enjoy the rest of your STARR free week. :)

    Erica

    Sprinkles to Kindergarten

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  24. Glad you survived your Monday and are back on track. I have used the retell rope. HA! the teacher who told me about just used a hunk of rope. This is so-o-o much better. Can't wait to refine a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. LOVE THEM!! The Wizard of Oz unit was a F.A.V. that I have to repeat again, my kids loved it. These Retelling Road & Retelling Rope are great things I have to make...off to Hobby Lobby (PTL for a 2 week spring break)!

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  26. STOP THE PRESS!!! Could you be any more AWESOME! Thank you so much for the shout out, Cara! :) I absolutely ADORE the Retelling Road! Love, love, LOVE! I am off to print! :)
    Thanks again, girl!!

    Kelli :)
    Castles and Crayons

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  27. OMG! This is so dang cute!! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing! Awesome!!
    Jamie

    Thrills in Third Grade

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  28. Love it! Will look great in my library! Thanks so much!

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  29. Oh my word! That is adorable! Thanks for sharing!
    www.biglearnin.blogspot.com

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  30. This is fabulous! What a gift! Thank you!
    ❤Terri
    Monkeying Around With Technology

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  31. I have to tell you these are fabulous. I will be using them next week. They loved the Wizard of Oz theme we finished right after Kansas Day the beginning of February and haven't stopped talking about it. Thank you so much for the great Freebies and your Tpt store is great!! You are one blog I got to every week!! Thanks again you are amazing!!!

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  32. This is a great idea! My kiddos will love this!
    Stephany

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  33. I absolutely love the retelling idea. I taught my students a cadence that I made up for retelling story elements. We haven't reviewed it in awhile and I was amazed that they still remembered it! Would you mind sharing your template for the rabbits? We are in the middle of a fraction unit and I would LOVE to do some engaging math before spring vacation! Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas! :o)

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  34. I love, love, LOVE this! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to use this with my class after spring break! I was also contemplating having a class theme for my class next year. After reading this post, I'm thinking maybe Wizard of Oz! Thank you!

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  35. Thanks Cara!
    This is darling!!!
    Lory

    htpp://loryevanspage.blogspot.com

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  36. Super cute! Just started a blog and having a Target gift card giveaway.
    http://missnelsonsgotthecamera.blogspot.com/

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  37. I absolutely adore this! I am so excited to use this next week! Thank you again for another amazing idea!!

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  38. These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing your hard work once again!

    Teaching First Grade in Switzerland

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  39. Oh...my...goodness! I just found out about these via Pinterest. I am in LOVE! I have always loved the "Wizard of Oz" (was in the play twice) and any way I can incorporate the movie into my classroom, I'll take it! Thank you so much for sharing for free!! :)

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  41. Love these!! Thanks so much! Question.....in your picture you have cute metal boards behind the "road"....what are they used for?

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  42. WOW! Love this idea! Thank you soooo much for sharing!

    Blooming in Kindergarten
    Chris

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  43. WOW! What a good idea! Can't wait to try it! THANKS! :)
    Mrs. Heeren's Happenings

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  44. Love this!! Your blog is filled with great activities for firsties. Thanks for sharing :)

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  45. Wowee Cara, you've outdone yourself yet again!!! This is such an amazing idea. I saw that you provided downloads for your icons to the yellow brick road. Is there any way that you can send me or upload the icons w/out the (very cute yellow background). I would love to use them, but simply didn't want to use all my color ink. If so, my email address is hama@duvalschools.org.

    Thanks SO much!!!
    Ashlee

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  46. This is awesome!!!.. My school is T.W. Ogg ... We have the Wizard of Oz theme.. Home of the Twisters..I so love this... I teach pre-k but I am sure I can use picture cards to start understanding story retelling...thank you!

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  47. You have such amazing ideas!! I'm so glad you shared all your resources as well. By any chance do you have the clip art of the pictures by themselves? I would love to create the anchor chart too. If you dont mind sending them to me, my email is aburns1@live.com. Thanks a bunch!

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  48. I LOVE THIS! Thank you so much for sharing. I have a huge favor to ask, I would love to make them like you did with the yellow construction paper. My school won't be too thrilled with me using that much ink and neither will my wonderful husband. If you don't mind could you please send me that? My email is shiningerk@gmail.com Thank you soooooo much!!

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  49. Oh. My. Goodness!!! I am in love with your Yellow Brick Road Retelling. I might have squealed when I saw the download. Thank you so much!!!

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  50. Thanks for sharing!! I am IN LOVE with this fun idea for my kiddos!!!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

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  51. I found you on Pinterest. What a cute idea!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

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  52. Hi, I absolutely love these!! When I printed them out the little questions under the headings weren't there (I tried printing from google docs and downloading it first).
    I was wondering if you could email me the PDF's and then I can print them. (secianciosi@gmail.com)
    I really wanted to use this tomorrow! hehe

    Great Blog!!
    Stephanie

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  53. Awesome! Thank you for sharing your hard work and creativity!

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  54. Wow! I just found this on pintrest! I love it!! I'm planning on reading The Wizard of Oz as a read aloud this year. This will go well with that as well as helping my little owlets practice their retelling!
    Jenny
    Owl Things First

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  55. So cute! Thank you so much for sharing this! Right on my next lesson plan!
    - purpleHand in Korea

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  56. OMG. Thank you so much for this I was thinking how wonderful this resource was and how I would be able to create my own when I saw the download. Thank you so much for sharing. It has made my day so much easier. Thank you again.

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  57. Found you via Pinterest -- thank you for sharing!! These are wonderful!!!

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  58. Hi: I'm an SLP and just wanted to tell you what a fabulous framework you've created. Bravo!!!

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  59. Thanks for sharing! These are WONDERFUL!

    Christina
    prec0ci0us~at~bellsouth.net

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  60. Thank you sooo much for sharing!!! New to Kindergarten, was in need of fun ideas!! Thank you!!

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  61. This is wonderful!!!! I cannot wait to begin using this with my library lessons! Like several others, I would really like to have the clipart without the background it if is available. My e-mail address is ellendmask@gmail.com.

    I can't wait to explore your blog more to find other great ideas!

    Thanks!

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  62. Where did you buy the stickers at?

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  63. My email is kimberleelamendola@gmail.com. Thanks!

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  64. I just found this post today and boy do I feel like I hit the jackpot! Cara, I am a devoted "newer" follower of yours and I think you have one of the most fascinatingly fun and comprehensive teaching blogs ever created! (Jumping up and down at this point!) You are so lovely to share these retelling posters with us! Thank you so much. It is EXACTLY what I was looking for.
    Julie
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

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  65. this is SO FABULOUS! i'm using this tomorrow and am excited to show it to my kiddos!

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  66. Love, love, love this! So cute!

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  67. Love, love, love this! So cute!

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  68. I downloaded the PDFs but some of the small print doesn't come through... so instead of saying "Finally How did the story end? What event happened last?" it just says "Finally". Both the worksheet PDF and the signs did this.

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  69. I am so excited to teach The Wizard of Oz this year for the first time! Thank you, for sharing the adorable freebies. I wanted to know which Wizard of Oz book you read to your students? I am unsure of which book to purchase.

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  70. I love, love these! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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  71. I think your theme on the storytelling rope is absolutely amazing!!! Super cute, I love it so much I am using for my lesson during my pre-student teaching and I am super excited! I love how you have the characters on the white backdrop on the poster so that you are able to reuse it. Is there any way you could email me those pictures against the white? My school would not love it so much if i had to waste a ton of yellow ink. If you could that would be FANTASTIC!!

    love love your blog

    grant1as.cmu@gmail.com
    Amy Grant

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