Deborah Moran WHITMORE LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WHITMORE LAKE, MI
Kindergarten ELA : Unit #10 - Making a Reading and Writing Connection : Lesson #11

YAWN! A Retelling From The Napping House

Objective: SWBAT listen to a story and then use props to retell a story. Students will find patterns in literature. Student Objective: I can listen to and retell the story.
Standards: RL.K.2 RL.K.3 RL.K.7
Subject(s): English / Language Arts
60 minutes
1 Hook - 10 minutes

Each day, I have the students gather on the rug for story time.  Today we will gather to share the story, The Napping House by Audrey Wood.  Before introducing the story, I initiate a conversation with the children, talking about a time when they remember might have gone to a sleepover or spent the night at Grandma's house.  We will look for patterns in the story, because when a story contains a pattern, it is easier for the children to retell and assists in the comprehension.


Boys and girls, come over and join me at the rug for a story.  Today's story is called The Napping House
, and it was written by our author of the month.  Do you remember her name?  Audrey Wood has a whole family of authors and illustrators. The Napping House was written by Audrey Wood, but her husband, Don Wood drew the illustrations.  I am going to read the story twice to you. The first time I will read the words and you can help when you can.   While you are listening, See if you can figure out the pattern that Audrey Wood has created.  The second time that you hear the story, we will talk about the Don Wood's illustrations and how important they are to understand the mood of the story. 


2 Procedure - 15 minutes

Here I will begin retelling of the story and read only a few pages from the text. I encourage the students to read along with the repetitive text. First, call attention to how the perspective of the illustrations change. As you go through the book, allow time for the children to notice any unique things that they notice about the illustrations. After the rereading, begin to have students think about some of the events in the story.  There is  The Napping House Chart that you can use with this lesson to help with the retelling.

Now we will go back through the book page by page and comment on what you notice. We will find the flea and other changes in each picture. Do you notice how the colors change throughout the book. Why do they change?

Notice how the angle of the chair changes so that it appears that the illustrator must be looking down from the ceiling. 

When I read the story the second time, I would like you to help me by reading along.  We will think about the events in the story,(i.e., What happened after the Granny was snoring?) and I will write down the information on the chart that I have made. Now, let’s think about one event. I am thinking about when the wakeful flea bites the cat. The cat flies up in the air. Now, you think about one event that might be different than the one I was thinking. Turn and talk about this one event to a partner.  In a minute, you will share these ideas with class.

During turn and talk time, I observe while students tell about and describe an event in the story.  After this activity, I have students tell me about any other events that we have not put on the chart, and then read aloud the completed chart to see if we retold the story correctly.  Before we do the retelling, I have a set of characters that I pass out to the children.  As they hear their character's part, the child will come up and stick it to the Velcro strip on my chart stand.  This video clip shows The Napping House retold by a student, because I leave the retelling materials out for several days for the children to use.

Why are the Illustrations so Important?
Developing a Conceptual Understanding

With so many school cutting their art programs (mine included), if classroom teachers don't add art to their lists, there are some children who will never have an appreciation for art.  I can really begin to see the difference in my students in the three years that we have not had art.  They have less refined cutting and coloring skills, very little drawing perspective, and less vocabulary to talk about the pictures.  I try to use the illustrations of the books I am using in my language arts lessons to teach some art appreciation.  This is why I spend some time talking about the illustrations and how they influence the story.  In some situations, we will try to model our projects off of the illustrator's style.  

3 Assessment - 15 minutes

During this portion of the lesson, I give each child a worksheet for them to color. The page has the characters from the story and the children can use the pictures to retell the story.   I ask a student to volunteer to help me out as we retell the story using my retelling piece.  This is a great time to model the retelling.  For children that finish their work quickly, they can find a buddy and work on the retelling together.

Children, we have looked at great length at the story of The Napping House.  You have been able to tell me about the author and the illustrator.  We have talked about how the illustrations have an impact on the story, and you have identified the pattern that Audrey Wood used to tell her story.  Together, we retold the story and filled in a chart. 

What I would like you to do next is to make a story retelling Story Stick about The Napping House.  This is something that you can take home to retell the story to your family.  The more you retell the story, the better you will understand the story. 

You will get a paper with all the characters on it.  Color them all very neatly, and cut them out.  After you cut them out, make sure to write your name on the back so they do not get mixed up with anyone else's. Next, you will get a wooden stick and a strip of Velcro. You will need to glue the bed to the bottom of your stick, and then cut your Velcro into 5 pieces.  Stick the fuzzy side to your story stick, and place the hook side on the back of each of your pictures. I would like to show you how this works.   (Model how to use the story stick.)  When you are all cleaned up, you may find a buddy to retell the story to and you can check each other's work.