Literacy and Learning: Telling the Story Together

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Or at least a couple of sentences…

The book at hand was Mr. Popper’s Penguins and the kids in my class were seven, all at varying reading levels.

Mr. Popper's Penguins (book)

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (book) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I improvised.

First of all, if you haven’t read the book (which I had not) then I have to recommend it. It’s got an adorably quaint feel both because it was written in the 1950’s and because it’s about a house painter/Antartica enthusiast who raises a bunch of performing penguins in a small town.

That’s basically the plot more or less. Some of the kids new it and others had never heard of it. Either way, I’m sure this activity will yield some fun results, and it’s one that can be used with any book that has pictures.

I assigned each child a picture from the book and he or she wrote a couple of sentences down about what seemed to be happening in the picture. Then we went around the room and told our version of the story in order. It was pretty fun and also managed to be coherent. This is an idea I would definitely use again.


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