Grade level: Kindergarten – 1st
Objectives: To involve the students in listen to a story read aloud
Primary sources: Cat Goes Fiddle-i-fee by Paul Galdone
Materials: a basket with small stuffed animal characters from the book Cat Goes Fiddle-i-fee
Contributors: Brooke Brown, Linda Draper
This story basket activity ensures the active participation of all students in listening to a book read aloud. Originally used with Cat Goes Fiddle-i-fee, it can easily be adapted to any book by printing and laminating images of the story’s characters. Additionally, the students could make representations of the characters in the book as a pre-reading, art project.
Have the students sit in a circle on the floor with the “story basket” in the center which contains characters and farm animals from the book. The students should each take one animal from the story basket as the book is read aloud, listen for the appropriate time to place their character back in the basket.