Skills: problem and solution
Label each of a few hand cutouts with a different everyday problem such as “I forgot my lunch,” “I can’t find my eraser,” and “My desk wobbles.” Then, for each hand cutout, cut a simple tool shape from construction paper. Tape one hand cutout to the board and read aloud the problem described. Invite students to brainstorm possible ways to fix the problem, reminding them that there’s usually more than one solution for every problem. Then, with your students’ input, select one solution to write on a tool shape. Tape the shape near the hand cutout. Repeat the procedure for each remaining problem. Keep the cutouts on display as a reminder of problem and solution.
Take a similar approach when identifying the story elements of problem and solution. Instruct each child to trace the outline of his hand on a sheet of blank paper, label it “Problem,” and describe inside the outline a problem the main character faces. Then have him draw the outline of a tool, label it “Solution,” and describe inside the outline how the problem is solved. Very clever!
Reposted from: The Mailbox Literature Activities