Here are my oh-so-fantastic example drawings for a comprehension activity for Mole and the Baby Bird. I just tell myself it’s good for the examples to be easily attainable by small children. Here’s how it works:
Give each little one a piece of paper and a writing utensil. Tell them you are going to be writing about Mole and the Baby Bird. Talk through your thinking process as you draw 3 things from the book. I chose a mole, a baby bird, and a cage. (I also typically throw in a drawing from another book to encourage a little discrimination and thought. Which of these pictures tells us about the story we read today?)
Invite each child to draw a picture to tell us about the story. The pictures you drew should be used as a reference.
Please note: If your little one can draw pictures independently already, the example pictures are probably not needed. We structure and scaffold drawing skills with our little people who really struggle to draw.
When the drawing is complete, add words according to the child’s writing level! The child might trace or copy vocabulary, dictate a sentence, or write a sentence independently!
Opinion Writing Prompt: What would you do if you found a baby bird?
Write and draw to explain what you would do if you found a baby bird just like Mole did!
Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.