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Here’s a fun, hands-on way for students to build reading retention skills…with an easy-to-make story mobile they illustrate themselves!
This activity is appropriate for:
kindergarten - 3rd grade / 5 - 8 years
You will need:
- Have students fold the sheet of construction paper in half lengthwise, then fold it in half widthwise to create four equal-sized rectangular sections. Unfold the paper and lay it flat on a table.
- Use a crayon or marker to label each of the four sections with one of the following titles: First, Then, Next, Last.
- Encourage students to draw a picture in each section to represent the sequence of events in their favorite story, or in a story you read to the class. (Before they begin, encourage them to retell the story you read aloud to help them decide which events to illustrate.)
- After they complete their drawings, have students cut along the folds to separate the sections of paper into four pieces.
- Punch a hole in the top of each piece of paper. Tie a length of string through each hole and attach the string to the hanger. Then, add the book’s title to a strip of paper and tape it to the inside of the hanger to complete the mobile. Variation: Instead of a sequencing mobile, create a story elements mobile. Simply have students draw pictures that illustrate the following: Characters, Setting, Problem and Solution.