I finally made a retelling rope for my classroom! I had seen different versions of them them years ago on other blogs and just recently saw one on Pinterest from First Grade Wow's Blog. She has her students make their own retelling ropes using string. Check it out here. I wanted a larger version to use whole group at the carpet during read alouds. For each story, we discuss the characters, setting, beginning, problem (knot)-middle, end-solution (bow that ties up the story). My students connected it to a knot in their shoelaces (problem) and how when they finally undo the knot and create a neat bow, the problem is solved and they're good to go! When they are retelling a story independently, they use my Story Street printable. This is generally one of their literacy stations. They can either use the story we are reading for the week or their library book. You can get a free copy of the Story Street printable at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.