Standards and Objective
This activity contributes to improved comprehension by building sequencing skills. Understanding sequencing is important to problem solving and rational thinking in all curricular areas. As children learn to recall story elements in order, they are also learning how to organize their own ideas.
- A print copy of Curious George Rides a Bike
- Story map graphic organizer for each child
- Curious George Rides a Bike
- Froggy Bakes a Cake
- The Little Red Hen
- Stone Soup
After listening to a story, such as Curious George Rides a Bike, discuss and demonstrate to the group how to map the story. Ask for responses or call on children to share what they know about the parts of a story, such as characters, plot, setting, problem and solution. Focus particularly on the sequence of events, or more basically, the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Have children listen to the story again. This time as they listen, have them work on completing their story map, giving them time to finish once they are through listening.
Always curious George is delighted to get the bicycle he’s always wanted. But then he wants a boat. How does he get one? Have children check their story maps. George makes his boat from newspaper. The story explains how to make a paper boat out of newspaper—a great hands-on experience in sequencing. Use a sheet of newspaper to demonstrate how George made his boat as you listen again as a group to George’s instructions. Does it work or do you need more details? Show students the illustrations in Curious George Rides a Bike and then try again to make the paper boat. Does it work? While making another paper boat, work together and take turns describing and writing the sequence of steps involved. Make this “how-to” very detailed. Then pass out newspapers and let everyone make try to make a boat of his or her own.
Extensions and Variations
When George gets his new bike, he is curious to explore many new places. Have children listen to the story again, paying attention to all the places George goes. With the data they collect about George’s ride and adventures, have them create a map that shows George’s house, the street where he was to deliver papers, the park where he sails his boats, and the animal show. They should illustrate and color their map, detailing George’s route on this very busy day.
Make this activity even more active by heading outside to demonstrate how to ride a bike. Have children use their own words and illustrations to describe how to ride. Then, select from kids’ writing and follow the instructions given to the letter. If a step isn’t described, you can demonstrate! Another variation is to ask children to write a “how-to” describing how to make a jelly sandwich. Following their instructions exactly will show them what details they’ve left out, such as when you “put jelly on the bread” by setting the jar of jelly on the loaf of bread!
Comprehension is the ability to grasp something mentally and the capacity to understand ideas and facts. Listening to the audio books on Tales2go increases the comprehension of the student by allowing them to hear stories in the appropriate context, and to concentrate on the meaning of what is read. By just listening, barriers such as decoding are eliminated. As students use Tales2go to comprehend biographies, poems, plays, fables and more, their increased ability to comprehend literature motivates them to learn more and encourages them to read. Increased comprehension also makes it possible for reluctant readers to participate in classroom discussions in a meaningful way.