Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Character & Setting

We've been spending some time on basic story elements the past two weeks.  We began with character and then moved on to setting.  Currently, we're working on beginning, middle, and end.

To introduce character, I showed an anchor chart that I made.  I found this chart on Pinterest but it was a dead pin, so I can't credit the person who made it.  If you made it, let me know!

We read Caps for Sale {one of my favorite books!} and worked on a graphic organizer about the peddler.  I used my Differentiated Graphic Organizers for the first time this year and was so excited about having them!  I could quickly give the easy version to my struggling students and the on-level version to the rest of the class.

The next day, we reviewed characters and moved onto setting.  Again, I began with another anchor chart.  This one was half-filled in because I wanted kids to give me examples of the when and where. We read A Chair for my Mother and discussed the setting.  Then I displayed the first page photo{Blue Tile Diner} on my doc camera for the kids to see while they worked on their setting graphic organizers.

The next day the kids got to create their own settings.  They had the choice of farm, ocean, or zoo. They chose the time of day and the amount of characters they wanted to add to their settings.  This was a lot of fun!  You can snag this for FREE at the end of the post.  We also watched a Brain Pop Jr.  to wrap things up with setting.

As the week went on, we continued to review characters and setting prior to each read-aloud {I do 1-2 read alouds per day along with a chapter in Junie B. Jones}.

As a final wrap-up, of character/setting, the kids completed a character and setting sort.

To snag the above items, click HERE for a couple of freebies!  To check out my Differentiated Graphic Organizers, click the cover below.  You can see how I organize my organizers in THIS POST.



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I love how organized you are...so not me! Thank you for sharing the freebies! You rock!!!

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Oh this is GREAT! Thanks so much. I am new to 1st grade coming from 3rd and this was such a helpful description of systematic reading instruction and related activities for practice :)

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