Story Sequencing and Retelling With Pop-up Scenes

If you teach pre-K, kindergarten, or first grade, you know how important retelling a story is.

Language, comprehension, story vocabulary….there are so many skills covered when students practice retelling!

One of our favorite ways to retell stories was acting it out, whether using pieces on a pocket or with popsicle stick puppets.

Both of these are always a lot of fun, BUT they take time to plan, make, and organize.

Sooooo, I revolutionized the “worksheet” into . . .

Story Sequence Pop-ups!

These are All-in-One sequencing pages where kids can:

  • Cut out the story pieces
  • Act out the story with the background
  • Retell the story
  • Glue to sequence the events


Having everything on one page helps by:

  • Saving space
  • Saving paper
  • Less confusing- sometimes kids have difficulty managing more than one page
  • Making it more fun! Kids can pop-up the background for a built-in “puppet theater.

Here’s how the Story Sequencing Pop-ups work

First, read the book. If you don’t have a hard copy, all of the books can be found on YouTube.

Next, use the story cards to retell the story on a pocket chart. Have your students chime in

with you for any dialogue, onomatopoeia, and movements!

Have kids come up to practice retelling.

Then, place the cards at a center for kids to use, along with a printable sequencing page. There are 3 versions in the bundle.

Version 1 is great for pre-kindergarten or early kindergarten. There’s no writing required and students simply use the pieces to retell the story on the background scene.

These Story Retelling Scenes are perfect for retelling stories. Students cut out the pieces, then act out the story while retelling it. Great for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students to practice using rich story vocabulary while learning to sequence.

Version 2 is the ultimate interactive page! After cutting off the story pieces, students fold the page on the gray lines to pop up the scene!

Students cut out the pieces to act out the story while retelling it, then glue the pictures in order of events. Great sequencing practice while having fun! Kids will love retelling stories to each other during centers and can practice at home.

Students will act out the story with the pieces, then glue them in order and write the ending. Students can point to the pictures to practice retelling the story over and over to their friends or families.

TIP: Some students will have a hard time folding. Designate a few helpers- kids who are good at folding the page- to help fold their friends’ pages.

Version 3: When you don’t want to deal with folding, or if you just prefer this format, this “flat” version is here for you. It’s the same as the pop-up version, just flat.

Students sequence the story on the page after acting it out with the cut-apart pictures! Then, they write the ending. Last, they point to the pictures to practice retelling the story to a friend. These sequence & retell pages are perfect during centers in kindergarten and first grade.

Think of all the rich language and comprehension skills your students will practice while being fully engaged!

What’s Included?

These new Story Pop-ups are brand new in my shop and on sale at an incredible introductory price for just a short time!

They are separated into 4 packs but you can save 50% off by buying the bundle of all sets. That is a HUGE deal- about 50 cents per story!

For each book below, you get:

  • Full-color story cards for pocket chart use
  • 3 versions of most student printables (Laura Numeroff stories have 2)
  • Example of how to model story, with pictures and text
  • Answer key

There are 40 books in all, and here are just a few:

  • The Napping House
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Cookie’s Week
  • Stone Soup
  • Mrs. Wishy-Washy
  • Bear Snores On
  • The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett
  • The Snowy Day
  • The Kissing Hand
  • Peanut Butter and Cupcake
  • Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a … Series
  • Tales like The Little Red Hen, 3 Billy Goats Gruff
  • and so many more (see each preview for a table of contents)

***Bonus How to Catch a Leprechaun book now included in the bundle!

Get the Story Pop-ups Bundle here.

Want to try them first? Grab this FREE Story Pop-ups pack HERE!

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