The students in Mrs. Pond’s First Grade Title I group at St. Bernadette Catholic have been working on how to give an effective retelling of a story using the acronym SCOOP.
First, Mrs. Pond introduced the acronym to the students along with body movements to help them to remember. The acronym SCOOP stands for
- S – setting of a story,
- C – Characters,
- O – Oh No! (The problem of the story),
- O – Order of events (at least 3), and
- P – Problem solved.
The students read a story called Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg.
While reading the story, students stopped throughout the story and identified the different parts of SCOOP that they heard. When complete, students filled in graphic organizers by using words or drawing the different parts of the retell.
First Graders’ Graphic Organizers Using SCOOP
Finally, the first graders shared their retell with the group. This has become an activity that the students love and have really improved upon!