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Monday, July 23, 2012

Caps for Sale - perfect for whole class retelling

          One of the first books that I read to my class each year is Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. I love the book because every time I read it, I think of my Mom reading the book to me and then my reading the book to my own kids.  It's also a great book to introduce retelling. After I explain what a peddler is and read the book one time,  I pick a volunteer (from my pick me cup) to act out the part of the peddler.  The rest of the class plays the part of the monkeys.  I reread the story (giving directions as necessary to the peddler...ie. "reach your hand up and feel for the caps...now what would your expression be?).  The "monkeys" love their fist shaking, stomping and "tsz, tsz, tsz" role.  The kids ask to do the retelling over and over.  I usually do it one more time and then suggest they can do it themselves during free play (and they do!)  
"But the monkeys only stamped both their feet back at him and said, "Tsz, tsz, tsz."
          Caps for Sale is also great for introducing sequencing. After we act out the story, I ask about what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story.  I then have the children choose one "scene" from the book that they want to draw.  They then dictate a sentence about their picture that includes what part of the book they illustrated. For example, "At the beginning, the peddler called out 'Caps for Sale. Fifty cents a cap!'" Later, they each come up and share their illustrations (in order).

          Barbara at Grade ONEderful is hosting a "drama queen" linky party. I like introducing retelling and acting out a story with Caps for Sale because it is such a simple story.  We can easily retell it without any props and everyone gets to participate.    Check out other clever acting ideas at Barbara's site.



8 comments:

  1. We have done Caps for Sale as a class retell too - and for weeks afterwards I hear "??? for sale - 50 cents a ?". It's amazing what they sell. I get in on the action too - when they leave shoes and backpacks about - I sell them too - shoes for sale, 50 cents a shoe!

    sandi
    rubber boots and elf shoes

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    1. Sandi, I love the idea of "left items" being "sold" by me for 50 cents....my kids would think that is hysterical:)
      Lyn

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  2. I love this idea, Lyn! I haven't read that book in years and it's such a good one, too. THanks VERY much for linking up!

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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    1. Barbara, I love retelling...a great idea for a Link Party. Thanks.
      Lyn

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  3. I will have to dig that one out as well. Great ideas for getting kids involved in the story. :)

    NotJustChild'sPlay

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  4. I've been perusing your sight for nearly an hour. Great stuff! Very inspiring- lots of things I know my second graders will love to do too. We have a fairy tale unit we do as a K-3 endeavor every year and your posts have given me ideas. And I so want to do a rolled paper collage now!
    ~Heather
    The Meek Moose

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    1. I loved doing the Fairy Tale unit. I'm so glad you found me so I could find you:)
      Lyn

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  5. I love this as I am constantly trying to find ways of re-enacting stories that are easy enough for preschoolers. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

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