Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Woo hoo! I got a story clue!

See the smiles on these kinder kids' faces? They were happy because they got to hold story clues during last week's story time. Before reading a book to kindergarteners, I show them 3-5 objects that relate to the story. They try to guess what the story is about using the clues, which helps to develop good speaking and listening habits along with a host of other language arts skills. It's so neat to see the progress they make in their story predictions from the beginning of the year to the end!

Story clues are easy to incorporate into story time and kids eagerly await their turn to hold them. Stuffed animals and inexpensive small toys make up the majority of my story clue collection. 

So how many of you use story clues when introducing new books to your kids? If you do, I'll bet you've noticed that behavior instantly improves with the mere mention of the word "clues". And good behavior paired with a good story will get a "WOO HOO" from me any day!


  1. Swersty,
    I love the idea! Could you give us a few examples? I am having a hard time thinking of more than one stuffed animal or toy to use for stories. I think my brain is on December overload. Help!
    An Open Door

    1. I use anything the characters from the book have, such as a ball, a crown or tiara, clock, safety goggles, etc. Sometimes if I'm really desperate I photocopy the characters and make stick puppets!

  2. Swersty the FIRST thing we look for are the clues you have around the books at our lessons! You are a genius and we love you! Can't wait for my library time today!!!!

  3. WOW! This is such a great idea. I would have never thought of that. I must try this with my class. Even thought they are a bit older, I still think they would get into it . They love hands on!!! Thanks for the tip

    Vanessa @ kinderloves.blogpspot.com

  4. Love it - super simple and smart! I just found your blog today via Pinterest, thanks for posting your great ideas!

  5. I absolutely LOVE this idea! I'm totally going to try it out with my kiddos! Thanks for sharing the idea! :)