Lessons & Units :: Plot Kindergarten Unit

Lesson 1: Retelling a Story

Lesson Plan

My Red Balloon | 550L

My Red Balloon
Learning Goal
Retell a story using text details.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Checklist for Independent Practice
Not Provided: My Red Balloon by Eve Bunting
  • Teacher Modeling

    will explain that good readers can retell stories that they read from books. I will explain that when readers do this, they should include enough details to make the listener interested. I will retell a familiar book to the class in a short sentence, giving few or no details. I will ask students to guess what book I am retelling. I will explain that the story was missing important and interesting details and will retell the story a second time including important details from the story. I will explain the difference between the two stories to the students.

  • Think Check

    Ask: "What is the best way to retell a story?" Students should respond that including important and interesting details is the best way to retell a story.

  • Guided Practice

    will practice retelling another familiar story by using important and interesting details together as a class. We will help each other add more details to our retelling. We will read My Red Balloon by Eve Bunting.

  • Independent Practice

    will retell the story from My Red Balloon to a partner making sure to include interesting and important details. Note: The Independent Practice for this lesson is oral. Therefore, the teacher will need to monitor students as they as students retell the story, noting specific students who are still struggling with the concept on the Checklist. (Checklist is provided.)

    TIP: Incorporating a drawing into the Independent Practice will allow the teacher time to circulate the classroom and assess students.

Build Student Vocabulary slipping

Tier 2 Word: slipping
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story The balloon is slipping out of the boy’s hand.
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) To slip means to slide away from its place. When something is slipping, something is sliding away. When the balloon is slipping from the boy’s hand, the string is sliding out of his hand.
Students repeat the word Say the word slipped with me: slipped
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts Sometimes the soap slips out of my hands in the bathtub. One day I was walking my dog and his collar slipped off his neck. I don’t like to walk on ice, because I am afraid of slipping. When I slip on ice, I don’t always fall.
Students provide examples Tell me about a time when something slipped out of your hands. Start by saying “_____________ slipped out of my hands.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? slipping
Additional Vocabulary Words rises, tighter

Build Student Background Knowledge

Pause at page 14 of My Red Balloon. Long ships with a flat deck where airplanes can land and take off are called aircraft carriers. These ships take military planes around the world, where they can take off from the top of the boat.

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