A Bad Case of Stripes {Freebie}

This week it's all about review, review, review.  So, I decided to review cause and effect with my kiddos.  Every time I review this skill with them, I am so impressed that they remember what a cause is, and what an effect is.  They are a bunch of smarties!

I hadn't yet used A Bad Case of Stripes to cover this skill, so I decided this week would be perfect for it!  (Click the image to see this item on Amazon).

There are so many different cause-effect relationships in this story, so what I did this time around was read the story aloud, stopping at different parts to discuss cause and effect.  First, I had the students use think/pair/share, then I let volunteers share their answers.

When we finished reading the story, the students made these flap books.

Printed on each flap of the book was a cause from the story (ones I purposely did not discuss during the read aloud).  The students lifted the flap and wrote the effect.  I also had them illustrate each effect on the backside of each flap, next to their description of the effect.  Finally, they colored the front side of each flap.

After we made the flap books, I had the students write their own who, what, when, where, why, and how questions about the story.  We've been working on this lately and the kids really enjoy it.  Since we were pressed for time, I had them write three questions.

Then, I had them cut out their three questions and play Quiz Me (my version of Kagan's Quiz-Quiz-Trade, minus the trade part).  Basically, I gave them 6 minutes to mingle about the room and quiz their classmates. They love these kinds of activities!!

Now, if you've made it this far, you deserve a little something!

Here are the templates I used for this review lesson.  To grab a {FREE} copy for yourself, simply click one of the images below to download them from Google Docs.

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  1. Aimee, you share THE best freebies! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity! I'm definitely adding this activity to our End of the Year 'stuff!'

    Lucky to Be in First

  2. Love, love, love the freebie! I am going to use it this week. Bad Case of the Stripes is one of my favorite books, so this will be perfect for review! Thanks so much for sharing it.
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  3. Thank you very much for sharing this! I love the description of how you used it - so easy to follow! As a first year in 2nd grade teacher, I need this step by step instruction. Can't wait to use it!

  4. One of my favorite books! Thanks for the freebie, Aimee. I'm doing a post on this story soon myself - Mind if I include a link to your post and a picture of this freebie? Please let me know if you'd prefer that I didn't (ms.slp.b@gmail.com) Thanks!


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