As the weather gets warmer, flowers bloom, and days get longer, we know it’s time for some spring read-alouds in our classrooms. What books about spring do you like to share with your little ones? What spring read aloud activities do you usually do after each read-aloud?
In this post, I am going to share some activities that can help students study the story plot based on the three books below:
I will also share some activities regarding learning the story plot and elements. Before you move on, here is a freebie for you!
Spring Read Aloud Activities: Story Mountain Graphic Organizer
The story mountain is a great graphic organizer and visual tool to help students understand the plot of most stories in elementary schools. Therefore, I always make a big chart or print out the story mountain with instructions for every student.
The worksheet in the bottom left picture shows all the key events in the story The Curious Garden. Students need to read the key events carefully and match each event to each part of the story mountain. They can do that by drawing lines or color code.
However, for your top and more advanced students who are able to identify the key events by themselves, they can work on the blank graphic organizer in the bottom right picture below. By using the graphic organizer, students can effectively organize the key events of the story.
In addition, the blank graphic organizer can also be used for a writing extension activity. You may ask students to create a story similar to or related to The Curious Garden. With the help of the graphic organizer, students will be able to write a clear and cohesive story that is easy to follow and engaging for readers.
Spring Read Aloud Activities: Multiple-Choice Questions
Multiple-choice questions are efficient, comprehensive, and useful for assessment. Therefore, I also like to use these (see below) multiple-choice questions to check students’ reading comprehension and help improve understanding.
There are seven multiple-choice questions targeted at the story plot. Students can understand the text better after doing these questions. Besides, it provides great scaffolding for your struggling learners.
Spring Read Aloud Activities: Sequencing Activity
Studying the sequence of events helps students understand the cause-and-effect relationship between different events and the consequences of different actions.
Besides, understanding the sequence of events is essential to building literacy skills. It helps kids comprehend and analyze stories.
The picture on the right shows a sequencing activity that is connected to the story plot. Students are asked to draw lines to match the plot to the key events.
Without the story mountain visual, students also have to know how a plot goes in a story. Therefore, it may be a good activity for your intermediate group of kids.
Spring Read-Aloud Vocabulary Cards
Vocabulary cards are an effective tool that can help students improve their vocabulary and language skills. Vocabulary cards allow students to learn and practice new words in a meaningful and memorable way.
As a result, I make vocabulary cards like the ones below for most of the books I use in my classroom. Then I display these cards on my classroom word wall.
As you can see, each card has an unfamiliar or unknown word to my students, the word’s definition, and a picture that shows the meaning of the word. I put four vocabulary cards on one letter-size paper.
By using these cards, students can build their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand and use new words in context. Additionally, these cards help students retain the words and concepts they have learned by providing a visual reminder of the words they have studied.
To Sum Up
The three spring-themed books are great books to read aloud in 1st to 3rd grades classes. To check or improve students’ reading comprehension, I shared some differentiated plot reading and writing activities that can go with these books.
Make your own activity worksheets and try out these ideas with your students. Or you can get a freebie (The Curious Garden) by clicking here.
To get the activities for the other two books and more for other seasons, click the following pictures to go to my store.
- Plot Summary Post
- Free Plot PPT Mini-Lesson
- Free Plot Graphic Organizers
- Free & Differentiated Plot Worksheets
- Plot Differentiated Task Cards
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