One of the ways we know that first graders are “getting it” as they learn to read is in the way they talk about a story they have just read. They can go back to the beginning and tell the sequence straight through—and inside their own heads, they will be unreeling the key scenes, like a mental movie. Describing the events and characters of the story in a clear and creative way as the mental movie plays in their head, is an important part of the development of their comprehension skills as well as their vocabulary acquisition.
Want to practise these things in a way that is purposeful and beneficial, yet fun and exciting? Try this goofy scramble book activity. Everyone will laugh…but along the way, your first grader will learn some excellent lessons about story sequencing, descriptive language and comprehension.