Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Roll and Retell - Building Summarizing, Communication, and Writing Skills

Our principal has really been encouraging us to add more writing into our daily lesson plans.  "They should be writing all day long" he tells us.  The research is there to back him up.

I bumped into this Roll and Retell  page from Fun In First on Pinterest awhile back and finally figured out how to add it to our learning day.

I printed and laminated four copies of the Roll and Retell page to hand out to each of my four table groups.

After a round of Daily 5 I handed them out. I also gave each table one die.  Each student at the table took turns rolling the die and then answering the question based on the number they rolled.  They each used the individual book they were reading to answer the questions.  I felt like it would be a great advertisement for new books for each child to read when they were done with the one they were working on.  I also knew it would be great oral practice BEFORE they started writing.

Once they had a chance to talk about what they were going to write, I set the timer for 5 minutes and let them write.  Then we shared our responses.

Here are a few of their responses.

I had so much success with this activity with my students, that I created versions that cover the standards for 2nd3rd and 4th grades.

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Dr. Susan Hall, literacy leader and founder of 95 Percent Group, mentions this Roll and Retell Activity as a Reading Comprehension Game that Students Will Want to Play Over and Over!  Check it out for the other ideas there as well!

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  1. Thanks for sharing! My kiddos need more practice writing too -- especially writing about the texts they've read. I'll be downloading this today.

  2. This is GREAT! I have pinned and printed. Thank you for sharing and for adding pictures. My kiddos will be doing this next week...actually not next week...unless they want to do it over Spring Break!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. I love this, Kelly! Thanks for the link. I already downloaded it. Your principal is right. Students need to be writing all the time and activities like this make it seem like less work! :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  4. This is great, Kelly! Thanks for sharing. I'm excited to start using this with my kiddos. It's very important to have kids writing in all different ways, and this is another great way to make that happen!
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  5. Thanks so much! This looks like such a great way to help kids verbalize (& then write) about what they read! Can't wait to use it!

  6. This is a great idea. My kids love the roll and write for stories, but I haven't used it to share about their books. I have been wanting to get them to do booktalks but always seem to run out of time...This will be great!
    Are We There Yet?

  7. Great interactive, engaging way to get kids involved in retelling!

  8. I love how this activity can be used to introduce kids to their next potential read! I never thought of it that way. Thank you! :-)

  9. What a terrific way for kids to get involved with remembering story sequences & improving their retelling skills!

  10. I love the Roll & Retell activity, but my non-English-speaking kids still struggle. They hesitate to talk for fear of making a mistake!

  11. Thank you! This looks like a fun way to get my students to write. We'll have to give it a try!

  12. This looks great for writing practice!


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