Monday, April 8, 2013

Story Maps: Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato

I have started working on a unit about Tomie dePaola.  I decided to start with his Jamie O'Rourke books, and then move onto Stella Luna.  Folktales are a great tool to teach students about different story elements.  Retelling is a powerful way to help students comprehend.

Jamie O'Rourke

Emily retelling the story Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato

After she had retold the story with pictures--we got out a potato and some little people, and we acted out the story.  

I also made a story map incorporated these pictures.  A great way to help first graders and even kindergartners begin to understand story elements and story structure.  
Story Map

Story Map of Jamie O'Rourke

Or if you rather, students can draw the images for a story map.  

Story Map: Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato

You can get them from my google drive!  Hopefully I will be able to finish my Jamie package soon--with lots of fun activities.

You can find other great ideas and freebies at Manic Monday and 4th Grade Frolics!

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