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Beanie Baby Comprehension Strategy Posters--Flash Giveaway!!

Today's the day!  My little blog is ONE YEAR OLD!
Boy, time flies!

Today, I'm celebrating by giving away one of my most popular items...

Beanie Baby Comprehension Strategy Posters
Using beanie babies as representatives of reading strategies is a powerful way to get kids to learn and internalize the strategies. I often hear my students make comments like, "I used Rocky Raccoon to help me visualize." or "I'm like Questioning Owl, so I'm wondering....."

I've only included a pic of a few of the posters, but the real deal includes:

  • Rocky the Raccoon - Visualize as you read!
  • Spinner the Spider - Make connections as you read
  • Questioning Owl - Ask questions
  • Rocky Raccoon - Visualize as you read
  • Digger the Dog - Determine the important ideas
  • Iggy the Inferring Iguana - Infer as you read
  •  Fix Up Bear - Monitor your read & fix up when needed
  • Jabber the Reteller - Synthesize and retell

This is a FLASH giveaway! I'll be drawing the winner tonight at 11:00 PM
Here's how to enter:
Leave a comment below(with your email address) telling how you like to teach retelling in your classroom.
Let's share ideas!

Meanwhile-- Grab a freebie! Click on the posters to get a freebie of Jabber the Reteller.

BUT WAIT!! Don't leave until you get in on the BIG GIVEAWAY! Click the prize pack below to enter!


  1. I teach retelling by using a story braid. It works great and the students all make one at the beginning of the year so they have it to keep!

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    1. Ali-- how does a story braid work? I'd love to hear more!

  2. I like to teach retelling by using a container of popsicle sticks with premade questions on each stick. I pull random sticks out with key questions to ask about any story. The kids respond well to it. =)


  3. I like to teach retelling with a garden glove. The kiddos love it!

    1. I'd love to hear more about how you use the garden glove!

  4. I teach retelling using pictures, but not near as cute as yours! I also use the wands from Lakeshore with questions for students to answer as well as the beach balls with questions that students roll and answer. I hope that makes sense! LOL

    Thanks for the awesome opportunity! Kelly

  5. WE do retelling using Thinking Maps

  6. We use "Someone wanted but so" to retell

  7. i use a story glove for reteaching who,where,when,what,why. i have also used the popsicle sticks and cards with questions on them. another fun way is to take a blow up beach ball and write questions on each strip of color on the ball and toss it to students-then have them read or you can ask them the question their hand lands on.:) i hope i win this freebie!

  8. These are SO cute! I do retelling alot as a group... I will start and say a sentence (or so), and to transition, our "key words" are AND THEEEEN.... and the person can "make eyebrows" at a classmate. IF that classmate wants to add on, they can, or they can make eyebrows at someone else, until we find someone to add on! It's fun, and stress free (because students can always "pass" if they don't feel comfortable or don't know!)

    Crossing my fingers for a win! These posters look GREAT!

    1. OH GOODNESS! I forgot my email!

      Please enter me from! Or you can click on over to my blog!

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  9. These are adorable! Retelling is always fun. I use a "magic wand" a.k.a. a stick and ribbons. The "Reteller" walks up and down the group and "taps" them with the "retelling wand" where they pick up where their friends left off!

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  10. I like to have my students use the "Five Finger Retell." It's short, sweet and to the point! These posters are great!


  11. We use ~Someone Wanted But So~ to retell in our classroom.
    These look great!
    Thanks for the chance to win,

  12. I use the five finger retell as well as Somebody wants but so...

  13. I love your posters. I use several things. We start by using the glove with who/what.... I also have keychains made up that have beads that represent character, setting, 3 events, problem and solution. It is similar to what they use in Kindergarten with the Braidy doll.
    I hope to start blogging soon!
    Monica Headley

  14. One way I teach retelling is by using "turn and talk"...students take turns telling there partner about what they read.