Free Downloadable Activity Inspired by Clifford the Big Red Dog
by Alana Pedalino
Sequencing can be challenging for young learners. Lucky for us, kindergarten teacher Brian Smith has a lesson he calls “Retell Splat!” It’s a fun way for students to practice active listening and sequencing—and is a great way to use the Book of the Week, Clifford the Big Red Dog, in the classroom.
Here’s how you can try Brian’s “Retell Splat!” activity with your class:
1. Read Clifford the Big Red Dog aloud.
2. Download the free printable worksheet and hand out copies to your students, along with a small ball of Play-Doh.
3. Read Clifford the Big Red Dog aloud again. When students hear something from the story that matches an image on the worksheet, they can mark the picture by splatting a small piece of Play-Doh on it.
If you want to use Play-Doh for maximum splat effect, be sure to laminate the activity sheets so you can easily clean up!
But if you don’t want to mess with Play-Doh, you can also have students mark their worksheets with a crayon.
We hope you and your students have a blast splatting and practicing sequencing with kids’ favorite reading friend, Clifford!
What do you think of Brian’s “Retell Splat!” activity? Do you have another activity you like to use to practice sequencing? Please share with us and other teachers on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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