Listen to what happened when Jose found $20 on the school playground and then practice the concept of “story elements” with your elementary students.
One day during recess something in the sand caught Jose’s eye. “Hey Aliyah! Hey Brad! Take a look at this!” he called to his friends.
“Whoa!” said Brad.
“Cool!” said Aliyah.
Half buried in the sand was a 20 dollar bill!
Can we keep it?” asked Brad.
“Ding, ding, ding” went the school bell.
Without answering, Jose picked it up and shoved it into his pocket. The friends smiled at each other.
Math class dragged by slowly. Jose, Aliyah and Brad were restless. Thoughts of how they would spend the money kept popping into their heads. They imagined what they would buy with the money.
I wonder who lost the money,” Aliyah whispered to Brad and Jose. “Could it have been someone’s lunch money?”
Jose suddenly remembered the time he had lost his lunch money. His stomach began to ache.
The minutes ticked by slowly. Then Jose looked up from his book and raised his hand. “Yes, Jose,” said his teacher, Mr. Lewis.
“I forgot to tell you earlier that I found this money on the playground. I don’t know who it belongs to,” said Jose, holding up the 20 dollar bill.
Mr. Lewis smiled. “Listen up, class,” he said. “Jose could easily have spent this money without anyone knowing about it. But he knew it was not his to spend because it did not belong to him. We have an honest man in our presence. Let’s give him a hand!”
Jose’s heart thumped as his classmates clapped and cheered. But the loudest cheers of all came from his best friends, Aliyah and Brad.
Here are some questions you can ask after listening to the story:
Who is the main character in the story?
Where does the story take place?
What happens at the beginning of the story?
What is the main problem in the story?
What is the solution to this problem?
How does the story end?
What would you have done if you found the twenty dollar bill?