Stories in Action Interactive Tales and Learning Activities to Promote Early Literacy

ISBN-10: 1591583381
ISBN-13: 9781591583387
Edition: 2006
Authors: Bill Gordh
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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Enchant children with these interactive stories while building a solid foundation for literacy in young learners. This guide is designed to promote in children (ages 4 through 8) the love of story, familiarize them with a variety of story forms, stimulate curiosity in diverse subjects, and build literacy skills. It offers approximately 40 engaging and interactive tales from around the world along with related activities, and it provides educators and storytellers with a wealth of exciting material for literacy and storytelling programs. The book is organized in three sections-Exploring Structures of Stories, Exploring Themes and Characters through Stories, and Exploring Cultures through Stories. Each of the 14 chapters begins with an interactive, illustrated folktale finger play as starting point for a range of literacy building activities such as acting out, re-telling, writing, and discussions. Related stories and picture book references build upon such themes as tall tales, sharing, magical helpers, and the rain forest. Tips for working with younger children, as well as gifted and older children are also included. Grades PreK-3.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Exploring Themes through Stories
Tales of Crowded Dwellings
Finger Play Warm-Up
The Fly's Castle
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Activity: Acting out the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Activity: Children Retelling the Tale (Grades 2-4)
Group Discussion: The Structure of the Tale (Grades 2-4)
The Quiet Evening
Activity: The Knock-Knock Game (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Activity: Children Adding to a Story (Grades 2-4)
The Farmer's Noisy House (Poland)
Activity: Acting out the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
The Skeleton for "The Farmer's Noisy House"
Thematic Picture Book Suggestions
Tales Using Echoes and Reflection
Finger Play Warm-Up
The Six Silly Cats in Calico Caps
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Activity: Children Retelling the Tale (Grades 3 and 4)
The Moon in the Well (Macedonia)
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
The Skeleton for "The Moon in the Well"
The Lion in the Well (India)
The Skeleton for "The Lion and the Well"
Thematic Picture Book Suggestions
Tales of Dreams
Finger Play Warm-Up
The Woodcutters
Activity: Acting out the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Activity: Sharing Dream Stories (Grades 2-4)
Activity: Creating Group Dream Stories (Grades 2-4)
Coyote and the Meat (Pueblo American Indians)
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Activity: Acting out the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Activity: Creating Animal Dream Stories (All Ages)
The Skeleton for "Coyote and the Meat"
Thematic Picture Book Suggestions
Tales of Magical Helpers
Finger Play Warm-Up
Inga and the Ten Fairy Helpers
Storytelling Tips
The Calabash Children (East Africa)
Activity: Acting out Part of the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
The Skeleton for "The Calabash Children"
Activity: Creating a Magical Helper (All Ages)
Thematic Picture Book Suggestions
Tales of Sharing
Finger Play Warm-Up
The Honey Pot
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
The Three Brothers (Greece)
Story Activity: Children Making Wishes (All Ages)
The Skeleton for "The Three Brothers"
The Story Bag (Korea)
Activity: Creating a Story Bag (All Ages)
The Skeleton for "The Story Bag"
Thematic Picture Book Suggestions
Tales of Inanimate Objects Animating
Finger Play Warm-Up
I'm a Little Teapot
The Clay Teapot Takes Charge
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Activity: Acting out the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Activity: Children Presenting the Tale as a Group (Grades 2-4)
The Talking Yam (West Africa)
Activity: Acting out the Story (All Ages)
The Skeleton for "The Talking Yam"
The Clay Pot's Party (Bolivia)
Activity: Acting out the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Activity: Playing a Game Based on the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
The Skeleton for "The Clay Pot's Party"
Activity: Creating Stories with Inanimate Objects Animating (Grades 2-4)
Thematic Picture Book Suggestions
Exploring Character through Stories
West African Spider Stories
Finger Play Warm-Up
Why Spider Has Crooked Legs
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Activity: Telling the Story with Only Gestures (All Ages)
Activity: Playing the Splat Game (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Storytelling Tips for Children Storytellers (Grades 2-4)
Spider at Hawk's Feast
Activity: Adding an Ending (All Ages)
The Skeleton for "Spider at Hawk's Feast"
Spider's Stew Cap
Activity: Acting out the Story (All Ages)
Activity: Adding an Ending (Grades 2-4)
The Skeleton for "Spider's Stew Cap"
Three Spider Stories: Notes on Three Ways of Working
Spider and Knowledge
Thematic Picture Book Suggestions
Exploring Cultures through Stories
Learning about Mexican Culture through Folktales
Finger Play Warm-Up
The Wild Cherry Tree
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Activity: Acting out the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Activity: Adding Characters to the Tale (All Ages)
Half a Blanket (Mexico)
Activity: Sharing Stories about Grandparents (All Ages)
The Skeleton for "Half a Blanket"
Coyote's Tail
Acting out the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Activity: Creating Dialogue with Body Parts as Characters (All Ages)
The Skeleton for "Coyote's Tail"
Thematic Picture Book Suggestions
Learning about the Brazilian Amazon through Folktales
Finger Play Warm-Up
The Tomorrow Monkeys
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Activity: Acting out the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Activity: A Variation on Acting out the Story: Building the House (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Activity: Discussing the Story (Grades 2-4)
The Tricky Turtle
Storytelling Tip (All Ages)
Activity: Acting out the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Activity: Exploring Names in a Story (Grades 2-4)
The Skeleton for "The Tricky Turtle"
How the Hummingbird Got Its Colors
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Activity: Moving Like a Hummingbird (Pre-K and K)
Activity: Providing Colors for the Hummingbird (Grades 2-4)
The Skeleton for "How Hummingbird Got His Colors"
Thematic Picture Book Suggestions
Learning about Northeastern American Indians through Folktales
Finger Play Warm-Up
The Frog Pond
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Activity: Discussing Sad Endings and the Meaning of the Story (All Ages)
The Storytelling Stone
Storytelling Activity: Becoming the Storytelling Stone (Grades 2-4)
The Skeleton for "The Storytelling Stone"
Why Chipmunk Has Stripes on Her Back
Story Activity: Chanting as Bears and Chipmunks (All Ages)
The Skeleton for "Why Chipmunk Has Stripes on Her Back"
Thematic Picture Book Suggestions
Exploring Structures of Stories
Tall Tales
Finger Play Warm-Up
The Hand Fish
Introducing the Concept of Tall Tales to Children (All Ages)
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
The Walking Catfish
Exploring What Makes This Story a Tall Tale (All Ages)
The Skeleton for "The Walking Catfish"
The Light Bulb Fish
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
The Skeleton for "The Light Bulb Fish"
Activity: Creating Tall Tale Fish (All Ages)
Activity: Creating A Tall Tale Fish Book (Grades 2-4)
Activity: Creating a Tall Tale Adventure with the Whole Group (Grades 3 and 4)
Thematic Picture Book Suggestions
Why Stories
From Making Observations to Asking "Why" Questions (Grades 2-4)
Finger Play Warm-Up
Why the Moon Gets Smaller
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Storytelling Tips (Pre-K and K)
Activity: Telling the Story with Only Gestures (All Ages)
From Making Observations, to Asking "Why" Questions, to Starting a Story (Grades 2-4)
Why Sun and Moon Are in the Sky (West Africa)
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Activity: Acting out the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
The Skeleton for "Why Sun and Moon Live in the Sky"
From Making Observations to Describing the Ending of the Story
Why Brown Bear Has a Short Tail (Iroquois)
The Skeleton for "Why Brown Bear Has a Short Tail"
From Observation to Story (Grade 2-4)
Why Ostrich Has a Long Neck (East Africa)
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
The Skeleton for "Why Ostrich Has a Long Neck"
Activity: Creating Why Stories (Grades 2-4)
Other "Why" Stories in This Book
Thematic Picture Book Suggestions
Cumulative Tales
Introducing Cumulative Tales (Grades 2-4)
Finger Play Warm-Up
Sparrow and Crow
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Magpie and Milk (Turkey)
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Acting out the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
The Skeleton for "Magpie and Milk"
Continuing the Exploration of Cumulative Tales (Grades 2-4)
The Big Turnip (Russia)
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Activity: The Stew Making Game (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Setting Up the Transformation Game (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Retelling the Tale to Build Sequencing Skills (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Activity: The Transformation Game (Pre-K-Grade 1)
The Skeleton for "The Big Turnip"
Creating Cumulative Tales (Grades 2-4)
Activity: Making a Cumulative Sandwich Story
Activity: Creating a "Down in the Hole" Story
Writing a Cumulative Tale (Grades 3 and 4)
Thematic Picture Book Suggestions
Circle Stories
Finger Play Warm-Up
The Stonecutter
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Activity: Acting out the Story (Pre-K-Grade 1)
Activity: Mapping out The Circle Story (Grades 2-4)
A Good Trade? (Russia)
Storytelling Tips (All Ages)
Activity: Mapping out the Story (Grades 2-4)
The Skeleton for "A Good Trade?"
Activity: Mapping the Story from a Picture Book (Grades 2-4)
Creating Circle Stories (Grades 2-4)
Changing Jobs
Activity: Creating the "Changing Jobs" Story with the Children (Grades 2-4)
Activity: Creating Other Group Circle Stories (Grades 2-4)
Activity: Creating and Writing a Circle Story (Grades 3 and 4)
Other Circle Stories in this Book
Thematic Picture Book Suggestions
Resources
Index

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