Saturday, February 8, 2014

Retelling with Playdough?

Saturday morning (way too early for anyone but a toddler) my daughter discovered her pigeon doll in a basket of toys. This meant of course that she immediately needed to find her pigeon book about the hot dog, and then she needed to give her pigeon a hot dog. This led to play dough to create a hot dog  (anyone feel like this could be an If You Give a ______ a ______ book?) which then led us to making a dough form of the duckling. And once you have a pigeon, a play dough duckling and a play dough hot dog you really have no choice but to act out the book from beginning to end, over and over (and over and over and over...) again.
 This was so simple. We went from a Saturday morning of bouncing around to retelling a story. 
It made me wonder if this could become a very simple reading center. The last few years I spent a lot of time and money buying small items to help my students act out familiar books to help with retelling. It never occurred to me that I could create the same type of learning activity with play dough. I don't think it would work in an intellectual disability classroom (some of my students fine motor isn't there to manipulate play dough) but it could work in a gen Ed classroom. Hmmmmmm.....

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