How to Make an Inexpensive Magnetic Board for Retelling
I shared a free, printable for retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk with you last week but I neglected to tell you about this cheap and easy magnetic board you can make for your classroom- oops!
Make Your Own Retelling Activities
This is a super cheap and easy way to make your own magnetic sets and boards for retelling stories. For individual retelling boards you can spray paint cookie sheets from the dollar store for a more coordinated look. Another good thing about cookie sheets, besides the fact that they are cheap is that they are also portable so students just take one to their seat or the carpet to retell the story.
Using Old Books to Create Retelling Activities
I usually have a few books lying around that are on their last legs, don’t we all? If there is nothing that can be done to revive the book I give it new life by turning it into a magnetic story.
Start by tearing or cutting the book apart and laminating the pages. Next, cut out the characters and pictures. I try to stick with just the main events in the story so I don’t end up with too many pieces. Finally, add magnetic tape to the back of each piece and place the pieces in a plastic bag in your literacy or retelling center.
Using old books is also a great way to make retelling sets for very popular stories like the No David series by David Shannon. You can imagine how popular this set is because of the infamous underwear picture! If you don’t have any old books laying around its o.k., here are a few ways you can get your hands on some for a song:
- Salvation Army
- Garage Sales
- Library Book Sales- Check with your local public library to see if they have an annual used book sale
- Scholastic bonus points
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