Here is a book I use to teach a writer’s mini lesson and use it in one of our literacy centers in our classroom – the retell center.
This is how I created a ‘Fresh Fall Leaves’ retell activity to go in our retell center as an option for my kindergarten students.
It was as simple as buying one item at the dollar store. My kinders get to choose the book(s) they want to retell while they are at this literacy center.
They read, the act, they use lots or great vocabulary and are developing fantastic reading habits all while continuing to build their love of reading.
It’s one of my favorite literacy centers and we usually introduce Fresh Fall Leaves late in the fall.
Fresh Fall Leaves
I purchased a set of fake leaves from the dollar store (they were on a garland like vine, but I just pulled them off) to make the props for it.
We use this story to teach that one way to write stories is to make the ending the same as the beginning. It’s a simple technique but can really add elegance to a kinder’s writing!
This is also a good connection book if you do FOSS trees, wood and paper science units.
Go back to read the Retell Literacy Center Directions if you need more details on turning this into a year long literacy center. You can make this kindergarten activity yourself!
Here are the materials you’ll need…
- Leaves (fake)
- Fresh Fall Leaves by Betsy Franco
Have you ever read Fresh Fall Leaves to your class?
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More Retell Literacy Center Book Activities for Kindergarten
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Fresh Fall Leaves
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
The Little Red Hen
The Very Quiet Cricket
Red Riding Hood
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Hansel and Gretel
The Gingerbread Man
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Fat Cat
The Doorbell Rang
The Three Little Pigs