Here is another great idea from my weekly newsletter from Mailbox Magazine (Click if you want to see the website):
Understanding Story Elements
Set up three small baskets—one labeled “characters,” one labeled “setting,” and one labeled “events.” Cut out slips of paper and list a different element from the particular story you’ll be reading on each one. Then place all the slips in an envelope.
After reading the story, students draw a slip of paper. Read to the class what the slip says and talk about whether it describes the story’s characters, setting, or events. Have the child place the slip in the corresponding bin.
These baskets could then be moved to a writing center. When kids are struggling with writing, they can go to the basket and pull a slip for an idea to add to their story!