We used story props for the first time this year and my kids LOVED it! We read The Sleeping Pig in our basal. I had the characters colored, laminated, and glued to craft sticks. I even made a quick watermelon patch background.
We completed a story structure tree map and discussed the difference between a summary and retelling. I then picked a narrator to retell the story while a few students re-enacted the action.
Here is a video. I think it is precious but I am biased! :-)
When we finished one girl said, "Can we do this for EVERY story?" It was a good day.