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Here your little stars “twinkle” and tell interesting stories

Subject:

Language Arts  

Grade:

3  

Title – Stars Special Story Activity
By – Jozette Goss
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – 3rd grade

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will retell important events from the story that was just read to them.
  • Students will write of a time that was special to them and make it interesting.
  • Students will present their story in front of the class and teacher.

List of Materials Needed:

  • Watch the Stars Come Out by Riki Levinson
  • Lined paper
  • Pens/pencils
  • Crayons

Pre-activity Preparation:

  • Buy lined paper.
  • Check out Watch the Stars Come Out by Riki Levinson.

Transition:

  • Have the kids do the “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” dance (a dance made-up by them showing how they think stars get around) to the carpet, so they can all listen to the book as a group.
  • Then have them do it back to their desks again, once the book is finished.

Establishing Set/ Motivation/ Introduction:

  • “It’s time for a story!”
  • Then, introduce the story to them.

Learning Experiences/Presentation/Procedure:

  1. Introduce the book to the students.
  2. Ask them to join you on the carpet by doing their impression of the “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” dance.
  3. Ask the kids predictions of what they think the book will be about based on the cover.
  4. Read the book to them.
  5. As you read through the book, ask them questions about the illustrations and how they contribute to the story.
  6. Ask what the main plot of the story was when you’re finished reading it to them.
  7. Have them “twinkle” back to their desks.
  8. As you pass out loose paper to each of them, tell them that they are going to write a special story of a special time that they have had in their life.
  9. Remind them of proper grammar and punctuation rules.
  10. Give them 20-30 minutes to write their stories.
  11. Have them illustrate their story.
  12. Make sure they have their name and date on their paper.

Closure:

  • Give them the choice to present it to the class. Take up the stories after the presentations. Put the ones with really good art work on display for everyone to read and enjoy.

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