I have my students do a "canned report". The student may use a different kind of can such as a coffee can, large vegetable can, etc. for his/her report. The student reads a story of their choice. They have to decorate the can to resemble the story. I give them a worksheet which includes the story elements.This is usually a homework assignment so that the parents can be involved with knowing what their child is learning in class. The can contains objects in which the student will use to tell about their story. The worksheet is designed to help them with their presentation. I usually spread out the presentations over a one week period sending home notes explaining the assignment and when the presentation is due. It's exciting to watch the understanding of the story elements come to life and the students love watching each other present and tell a story.
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