The prep children are starting to explore the key elements that make a narrative story, such as the beginning, middle, end of a story and settings, characters and plots. We have used the talking tin lids to provide the students with an opportunity to use their oral language to record the beginning, middle and end of a familiar fairytale story. Working in small groups this gave the children an opportunity to use their oral language and to practice summarizing parts of the story in their own words. They then had to move to another story and listen to another group’s recording before deciding how to order the talking tin lids as beginning, middle and end of the story.
This is a great way to allow children to use oral language while also building up their understanding of how to retell and summarize a story.