Retelling is very hard for kindergarten. There are many different parts in retelling. You have the characters, setting, beginning, middle and end. I try my best to break apart the different parts for my students. I feel that it is important for children to enjoy reading. So I do a few parts of retelling. I try to focus on what I feel that they haven’t mastered and then work on a new skill.
I thought about what motivates my kindergarteners. In writing, many of my students write about taking the train places with their families. So I thought about creating an anchor chart using trains for retelling. I named it ” All Aboard the Retelling Train”. Each part of the train is a different part of retell. Check out my photo of my anchor chart.
As I teach my lessons that focus of retelling a story, I refer to my chart. I like to work on one part first and do a think aloud. After, I have the students do their own where they think about a part of the train and then share with their partners. I feel it is important to have students share with their partners because this allows them to share their thoughts with someone other than the teacher.
I hope this inspires you. You may use this anchor chart to motivate your kindergarteners. Happy planning!!!!