2nd Grade - Retelling Stories

 
     
 
     
 
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Stories and Literature
Retelling stories
Retell stories, including characters, setting, and plot.
Retell stories, including characters, setting, and plot. Disregard information that does not relate to the main topic. Tell about characters, setting, and plot of a story.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What does retell mean? (to tell something again)

(2)

What are details? (Besides the topic sentence, all of the other sentences in a paragraph are details. Details tell what the main idea or topic is about.)

(3)

What is setting? (where and when a story takes place) What is the plot? (the action in a story)

(4)

Read the story below. After reading the story, tell what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.


Tom’s Fear


Tom was afraid to go to sleep at night because he thought that something was hiding under his bed. Every night Tom would stay up for hours with his flashlight as he curled up in a ball underneath his covers. His parents were unaware of this and often wondered why he was so tired each morning. Finally, Tom realized that it was time to take charge. This was his bedroom and he was determined to face his fears. That night as his parents tucked him into bed and turned of the light, Tom sat quietly with his flashlight on. He decided that in order to face his fears he would need to climb out of bed and take a look for himself as to what was under his bed. Tom was so nervous. He counted slowly to five and then jumped out of bed with his flashlight in his left hand. He threw back the covers and peered underneath his bed. Nothing. He shined the flashlight from one end to the other. There was absolutely nothing underneath. Tom laughed. He had been staying up for so long now and there was nothing to be afraid of. Tom crawled back into bed. He took a deep breath and turned off his flashlight. Tom drifted quickly to sleep.


Tell what happened in the beginning of the story?

Tell what happened in the middle of the story?

Tell what happened in the end of the story?


(5)

Read the story below and then answer the question.


A Trip to the Park


It was a beautiful day and Sara could not wait to go to the park to play. When her mom and her finally got there, she realized that there were so many things to do. First, she ran to the swings. Her mom pushed her back and forth as high as she could go. Next, she slid on the slide. Sara laughed as she slid down fast. Finally, Sara decided that she wanted to catch butterflies. She was so excited when she had caught two butterflies and stored them in a jar. Sara’s mom had told her that it was time to go. Before they got in the car, Sara remembered to release the butterflies from the jar. Sara and her mom drove home, but Sara was already planning her next trip back to the park.

Choose the correct answer.


What is the setting of the story?


  1. school

  2. the park

  3. at the pool


Learning Tips

(1)

To help your child pick out the setting (where and when a story takes place), characters, and plot (the actions that takes place in a story), have them take notes as they read or are read to. Make a three column chart and label the three sections setting, characters, and plot. As your child reads, have him/her write short notes for each characteristic that will help him/her remember details from the story. Start of by encouraging your child to read well known or favorite stories. This will allow your child to read fluently and be able to focus on characteristics from the story as opposed to solving many unknown words.

(2)

After reading a story to your child, encourage your child to retell the story back to you. If your child is having trouble, prompt him/her by asking, “What happened during the beginning of the story?” Give your child time to answer. Remind your child to pull out the main parts from the story. The story does not have to be told word-for-word, however, key concepts should be told. These concepts include information about the setting, characters, and plot.

(3)

Encourage your child to retell favorite well known stories by acting these stories out. Allow your child to use props or items while retelling the story. This will allow your child to get into character and become better at remembering and reiterating details from the story. To help your child understand the concept of setting, you may want to provide a piece of butcher paper or construction paper for you child. Using crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils, have your child draw the setting of the story. Your child can then hang up their setting as a background when he/she acts out the story.

(4)

Another activity that will help your child retell stories is to have your child retell a well known favorite story. Have your child speak into a tape recorder or take the time to video tape him/her. This will allow your child to actually listen to himself/herself as the tape is played back. Allow your child to complete the activity a few times retelling the same experience. Have your child compare each new tape with ones taken prior. Children love hearing and seeing themselves. This will be an activity that your child will want to do over and over again.

(5)

When retelling a story, remind your child to stop and take a deep breath before beginning to speak. Encourage your child to have his/her thoughts in order before beginning. If your child has trouble in the middle of speaking, remind your child to take another deep breath and pick up where he/she left off.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

What does retell mean?


  1. to speak louder

  2. to tell something again

  3. to act out a story


(2)

What are details? ____________________________________


(3)

Circle the correct answer


What is the setting of a story?


the action in a story where and when the story takes place


(4)

Add words to complete the sentence correctly.


The plot of a story is ____________________________________________.


(5)

Read the story below and then answer questions 5-8.


A Trip to the Park


It was a beautiful day and Sara could not wait to go to the park to play. When Sara and her mom finally got there, she realized that there were so many things to do. First, she ran to the swings. Her mom pushed her back and forth as high as she could go. Next, she slid on the slide. Sara laughed as she slid down fast. Finally, Sara decided that she wanted to catch butterflies. She was so excited when she had caught two beautiful butterflies and stored them in a jar. Sara’s mom had told her that it was time to go because they had to eat dinner. Before they got in the car, Sara remembered to release the butterflies from the jar. Sara and her mom drove home, but Sara was already planning her next trip back to the park.


What is the setting of the story? ___________________________________


(6)

Name one character from the story. Write the answer on the line below.


______________________________________


(7)

Circle the best answer.


In what order did Sara complete the activities at the park?


A. slide, swing, catch butterflies

B. catch butterflies, swing, slide

C. swing, slide, catch butterflies

D. chase rabbits, swing, slide


(8)

Why did Sara’s mom tell Sara they had to leave the park? _____________________________________________________________


(9)

Read the story below. After reading the story fill in the chart below.


Sam’s Big Game


It was the day of the big game and Sam was so excited he could hardly get ready. He woke up extra early and jumped out of bed. He threw on his soccer uniform and ran into the kitchen. His mom was making breakfast, but noticed something strange about the outfit he was wearing. His mom began to laugh and it wasn’t until Sam looked down that he realized his jersey was on backwards. Sam reversed his shirt as he sat down at the table. His mom was making his favorite breakfast; pancakes and bacon, but the only thing he could think of was the game. He was too nervous, he could barely eat. He gulped down his orange juice and ran outside as soon as he heard his neighbor’s horn coming from the driveway. As he kissed his mom goodbye, he ran outside. Just as he got outside his friend Mike began to laugh. It wasn’t until he looked down that he realized that he had no shoes on. He too laughed, but then ran back in the house to grab his soccer spikes. Now he was ready for his big game.


Write in the setting, characters, and plot from the story Sam’s Big Game.

Setting Characters Plot







(10)

The sentences below are mixed up. Read the sentences and number them in the correct order that they happen.


Washing Your Hands


_____ Squirt the soap into your hands.

_____ Rub your hands together making sure to get the front and

back.

_____ Rinse the soap from your hands.

_____ First, turn on the water and get your hands wet.

_____ Finally, dry your hands on a towel


(11)

Cross out the idea that does not go with the topic.

A Day at the Zoo

1. Watched the seal show

2. Skated on the ice

3. Fed the animals

4. Bought a ticket to get in the zoo


(12)

Read the story below. After reading, cover up the story and try to retell as much from the story as possible. Don’t forget to include information about the setting, characters, and plot.


Sam’s Big Game


It was the day of the big game and Sam was so excited he could hardly get ready. He woke up extra early and jumped out of bed. He threw on his soccer uniform and ran into the kitchen. His mom was making breakfast, but noticed something strange about the outfit he was wearing. His mom began to laugh and it wasn’t until Sam looked down that he realized his jersey was on backwards. Sam reversed his shirt as he sat down at the table. His mom was making his favorite breakfast; pancakes and bacon, but the only thing he could think of was the game. He was too nervous, he could barely eat. He gulped down his orange juice and ran outside as soon as he heard his neighbor’s horn coming from the driveway. As he kissed his mom goodbye, he ran outside. Just as he got outside his friend Mike began to laugh. It wasn’t until he looked down that he realized that he had no shoes on. He too laughed, but then ran back in the house to grab his soccer spikes. Now he was ready for his big game.


(13)

Draw a line to match the example to the characteristics of a story.



Examples Characteristics of a Story

the lake plot


Sara and Mike setting


running home to be on characters

time for the big game


(14)

On the line below, write the topic that the details are describing.

_______________________________

1. Put the clothes away

2. Dusted the furniture

3. Ran the sweeper

4. Cleaned the windows


(15)

Read the topic that is given. Then, complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question.


Topic: My First Day of Second Grade

Who:

What:

Where:

When:

Why:


(16)



Using the 5W’s Chart in problem 15, write about your first day of second grade on the lines below.

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(17)

Sentences from the story Little Red Riding Hood have been mixed up. Read the sentences and put them back in the correct order. Number the sentences starting with the number 1.


_____ Little Red Riding Hood came to Grandma’s house.

_____ Little Red Riding Hood packed a basket to go to Grandma’s house.

_____ The woodsman saved Little Red Riding Hood from the wolf at

Grandma’s house.

_____ Little Red Riding Hood met a wolf in the woods.


(18)

Sentences from the story Little Red Riding Hood have been mixed up. Read the sentences carefully. Retell the story by writing the sentences in the correct order on the lines below.


-Little Red Riding Hood came to Grandma’s house.

-Little Red Riding Hood packed a basket to go to Grandma’s house.

-The woodsman saved Little Red Riding Hood from the wolf at

Grandma’s house.

-Little Red Riding Hood met a wolf in the woods.


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(19)

Read the paragraph below. Then, move around the sentences to retell the paragraph in its order. Rewrite the paragraph on the lines below.


James wanted to wash his hands. First, he turned on the water. Then, he poured soap in his hands and rubbed them together. Next, he rinsed the soap from his hands and turned off the water. Finally, he dried them off with a towel. All clean he thought.




James wanted to wash his hands. Finally, he dried them off with a towel. Next, he rinsed the soap from his hands and turned off the water. First, he turned on the water. Then, he poured soap in his hands and rubbed them together. All clean he thought.

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(20)

Sort the words, phrases, and ideas into the correct category below.


Setting Characters Plot

1. 1. 1.

2. 2. 2.

3. 3. 3.





the park grandma school scared of a monster


two girls got lost the woods mom had trouble making

friends


(21)

Every story should have a _________________, ________________, and __________________.


(22)

Read the story below. Tell what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. (Questions 22-24)


Tom’s Fear


Tom was afraid to go to sleep at night because he thought that something was hiding under his bed. Every night Tom would stay up for hours with his flashlight as he curled up in a ball underneath his covers. His parents were unaware of this and often wondered why he was so tired each morning. Finally, Tom realized that it was time to take charge. This was his bedroom and he was determined to face his fears. That night as his parents tucked him into bed and turned of the light, Tom sat quietly with his flashlight on. He decided that in order to face his fears he would need to climb out of bed and take a look for himself as to what was under his bed. Tom was so nervous. He counted slowly to five and then jumped out of bed with his flashlight in his left hand. He threw back the covers and peered underneath his bed. Nothing. He shined the flashlight from one end to the other. There was absolutely nothing underneath. Tom laughed. He had been staying up for so long now and there was nothing to be afraid of. Tom crawled back into bed. He took a deep breath and turned off his flashlight. Tom drifted quickly to sleep.


What happened in the beginning of the story? _________________________

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(23)

What happened in the middle of the story? ___________________________

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(24)

What happened in the end of the story? ______________________________

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(25)

Read the paragraph. Retell the paragraph leaving out the sentence that does not belong.


My Favorite Subject


My favorite subject in school is Math. I love it because I like to work with numbers. I even practice extra math problems at home. I also like to eat apples for snack. My favorite lesson in Math is when we get to work with money. I am so good at counting change.


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