Prepare for the activity by creating the small world. Dye your rice by placing 3-4 cups of rice inside the Ziploc bag. Add in 2 teaspoons of vinegar and a few drops of green food coloring. Shake the bag until all the grains are covered. Empty the rice onto a covered cookie sheet and allow to dry overnight. Repeat this process with blue food coloring (this will represent the water in the story). Place the dried rice along with the leaves, flowers, rocks, and figurines in the plastic bin.
Read The Grouchy Ladybug with your students, stopping periodically to discuss elements of the story, including characters, setting and plot.
Encourage students to play in the small world bin. As they are playing, prompt them to retell the story by asking questions.
Observe and record the student’s retelling skills.
Were they able to name some of the characters, setting, and plot line?
You can read the story with them again during the week and re-assess students to document growth in this skill
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