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1-2-3 Come Do Some "Very Busy Spider" Activities With Me

 activities for the very busy spider, spider activities, spider crafts, eric carle's the very busy spider, eric carle activities, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesDo you read Eric Carle's "The Very Busy Spider" ? It's one of my students' favorite spider stories, and perfect for sequencing

With these things in mind,  I designed 3 "craftivities" that will help practice the "sequencing & retelling a story" standards: There's a slider, wheel and flip booklet.

activities for the very busy spider, activities for the very busy spider, spider activities, spider crafts, eric carle's the very busy spider, eric carle activities, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesAny of the projects make for a wonderful transition activity, after you're done reading the story.   Fun for your kiddos and easy-peasy for you too, as all three are simply “Print & Go”. 

First up is the "caught in a web of learning" spider web flip booklet.

spider web photograph posters for the very busy spider activitiesTo introduce the lesson, I show my students the 2 photo-posters featuring real orb spider webs, since the cover of the booklet is also an orb web.

There are a variety of options for you to choose from:

activities for the very busy spider, spider activities, spider crafts, eric carle's the very busy spider, eric carle activities, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesThere are 5 blank webs so you can add a plastic spider, or make one with a fluffy pom pom, or fingerprint.

activities for the very busy spider, spider activities, spider crafts, eric carle's the very busy spider, eric carle activities, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesThere are also 6 webs featuring a non-scary spider, for students to color. I added wiggle eyes for extra pizzazz.

Pick your favorite, or give students a choice

Children color, cut & collate their pages, then add the cover.

activities for the very busy spider, spider activities, spider crafts, eric carle's the very busy spider, eric carle activities, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesThere are also page options for you to choose from, which feature pages with & without traceable words to reinforce more standards.

I personally like the "trace the word" pages best. Even tho' my Y5s can't read, they are practicing letters, while my first graders get the added benefit of word recognition.

There's also enough room if you want your students to write the word as well.

As always, the graphics come in full color patterns so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share, as well as black & white templates, for students.

I purposely did not number the pages, so you can assess comprehension & students' ability to sequence correctly.

When everyone is done, practice retelling “The Very Busy Spider” by calling on a child, who explains what is happening in that graphic.

You could also ask, “Is this the setting of the story?” “Is this the beginning-middle-or end of the story?” etc.

Afterwards, for more reinforcement, have students pick a partner and take turns sharing their booklet with each other. 

activities for the very busy spider, spider activities, spider crafts, eric carle's the very busy spider, eric carle activities, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesWhen you're done with your "retelling the story" activities, you can jazz up the spider web covers if you like. 

Using Elmer's glue, have students "trace" the web lines, then sprinkle with glitter. Printing the cover on black construction paper really makes the silver glitter pop.

Since you're putzing with glue, you can also add a plastic or pom pom spider at this time as well.

heres what happened very busy spider writing prompt worksheetTo check comprehension, & reinforce the “sequencing a story” standards further, I’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet.

Use the colorful template to do this as a whole group activity with younger students. This activity, with different graphics is also in the busy spider slider & wheel options. 

activities for the very busy spider, spider activities, spider crafts, eric carle's the very busy spider, eric carle activities, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesNext up is the slider

There are 2 outside slider options to choose from, which children color & trim.

activities for the very busy spider, spider activities, spider crafts, eric carle's the very busy spider, eric carle activities, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesStudents color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together. (Both options use the same “slider strip”).

As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their slider home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

activities for the very busy spider, spider activities, spider crafts, eric carle's the very busy spider, eric carle activities, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesI introduce the lesson by reading "The Very Busy Spider", then share my completed "slider craftivity” with my students.

After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts.

Have children guess which story element they think comes next before you pull the picture through the “window”.

My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a story slider of their own. 

Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.  I’ve included 2 “Let's sequence the story” worksheets for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on the blank worksheet. Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

Besides the "Here's What Happened..." worksheet explained previously, the "spider slider" and "wheel" options also include 2, “Let's sequence the story” worksheets, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on the blank worksheet.

activities for the very busy spider, spider activities, spider crafts, eric carle's the very busy spider, eric carle activities, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesI've also included a larger, colorful one to use during and/or after you've read the story.

My students absolutely love this "game".  As you can see by the photographs, the graphics for the slider and the ones for the wheel are different.

I purchased more clip art from two different artists, to add variety to your lessons, as teachers have told me that they've purchased both, using one as an independent center and the other for a whole group activity.

Finally, the storytelling wheel is yet another quick, easy & fun way for students to practice the “retelling & sequencing” a story standards.

activities for the very busy spider, spider activities, spider crafts, eric carle's the very busy spider, eric carle activities, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesSince there are quite a few characters and parts to this tale, I designed a “beginning of the story” wheel, with 6 sections; plus another 6-part wheel, to tell the end of the story.

This way, the 12 graphics are a nice size for coloring.

activities for the very busy spider, spider activities, spider crafts, eric carle's the very busy spider, eric carle activities, sequencing a story activities, retelling a story activitiesWhen everyone is done, practice retelling by using the manipulative. Everyone starts by turning their wheel so that the busy spider on the fence appears in the “pie-slice window”, then call on a child to begin the story,

Continue to turn the wheel, calling on different students to tell you that portion of the story, explaining the “picture prompt”.  

After you've explained the picture with the pig, take the first wheel out by unfastening the brass brad, then insert the "end of the story" wheel to complete retelling "The Very Busy Spider." 

fre doorknob dangler craftivity for the very busy spiderToday's FREEBIE also features "The Very Busy Spider"

It's a sweet doorknob dangler, which you can hang on your classroom door, or have students make the BW one for their bedroom.

There are two options, so that you can have a front & back side.

activities for the very busy spiderWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

It's pouring rain. Perfect for working on some not-so-spooky spider stuff.

"Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet." - Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some "Jack & the Beanstalk" Fairy Tale Craftivities With Me

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesSince my fairy tale craftivites seem to be popular, I'm continuing to slug along making crafts for more stories,  which will help reinforce a variety of standards.

"Jack and the Beanstalk" is a favorite of my students, so I designed a flip booklet, slider and storytelling wheel

All three projects help practice the "sequencing & retelling a story" standards. 

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesIf your kiddos are like mine, they will LOVE making any of these, and really enjoy telling the tale using the manipulative. 

First up is the "flip" booklet.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesThere are 2 “print & go” booklet options to choose from: one featuring the giant’s castle, the other the cottage, where Jack & his mom live.

Pick your favorite, or give students a choice.

There are full color patterns so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share, plus black & white templates so students can make their own.

Children color, cut & collate their pages, then add the cover.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesI've also included an optional title page, "Once upon a time" page, plus a "And they lived happily ever after page" too.

Since children enjoy giving their opinions, there's also a "thumbs up or down" rating page, along with a star ranking as well. 

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesUse the blank "base" space for a writing prompt, such as, "What was your favorite part of the story?" 

Younger kiddos can write "The End" or "They lived happily ever after."

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesTo help further reinforce sequencing and as a way to check comprehension and practice a bit of writing, all 3 packets include several "Here's What Happened..." writing prompt worksheets. 

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesSince there are many versions of this fairy tale, all 3 packets also include 3, “giant’s treasure” options.

Simply pick the (booklet page, slider or wheel) version that matches the story that you read. 

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesNext up is the "Jack and the Beanstalk" storytelling wheel

There are two, full color cover options, so teachers can easily make a sample to share; plus black & white patterns, so your students can color their own.

jack and the beanstalk storytelling wheel craftPick your favorite, or give children a choice between a beanstalk topped with a castle in the clouds, or a beanstalk that Jack is climbing. 

Children color the cover, as well as the "pie" wheel graphics, then poke a hole through both, and fasten with a brass brad. 

So you have a nice variety, I purchased lots of "Jack & the Beanstalk" clip art, so that each packet is different

This way, if you purchase more than one craft, it will be fresh, incorporating different graphics. 

I use the flip booklet to tell the story to my students; then I review the story with the "slider" craftivity, and then have my students transition to making a wheel

All three of my samples are then kept in a basket in our language arts center

For another fairy tale, I switch things up, so in the end my students have had an opportunity to make all three "types" of storytelling crafts, but for different fairy tales.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesBoth the wheel and the slider packets, also include a "Let's Sequence the Story" worksheet, where students color, cut and glue the "picture tiles" in the correct order. 

So that you can diversify your lessons, there are two options. 

I've also included a larger, colorful copy for teachers.  Print, laminate & trim and then use while reading the story, or as a reveiw afterwards. 

Pass out the pieces to students, then have them help you put them in sequential order.  Use tape, magnet dots, or Velcro to stick the pictures to the base.

When everyone is done with whatever craftivity you've chosen, practice retelling the fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk” by calling on a child, who explains what is happening in that graphic.

You could also ask, “Is this the setting of the story?”, “Is there more than one setting?”, “Is this the beginning-middle-or end of the story?” etc.

Afterwards, for more reinforcement, have students pick a partner and take turns sharing their booklet with each other. 

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesFinally, there is the "Jack & the Beanstalk" Slider Craft.

There are 3 "cover" options for this craft which feature: Jack climbing the beanstalk, the castle, as well as the giant.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesAs with the other crafts, choose your favorite, or run off the variety and give children a choice. 

Use card stock, or white construction paper for a sturdier and less flimsy craft.

I call these "sliders" because a paper strip "slides" through two slits, revealing various "story elements". 

Students retell the fairy tale, by pulling the paper strip through the "window". 

meet the teacher, back to school activities, parent teacher conferences, open house ideasToday's featured FREEBIE is a little something for your Open House or "Meet the Teacher" back to school event, which is also appreciated during "parent-teacher" conferences too.

I put a basket of peppermints on a table for visitors. (Use soft mints for younger grades).

Here's the poster I print, laminate & tuck by my basket of candy: "Families Are Worth A Mint! Thank you for your involve-mint and commit-mint to your child's education Here is a sweet treat for your enjoy-mint!" 

classroom management tipsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

It's wonderfully overcast today, with a nice summer breeze...perfect for doing a bit of gardening. 

Wishing you a fun-filled and stress-free day. 

"I am not a teacher, but an awakener." -Robert Frost

1-2-3 Come Do A "Jack and the Beanstalk" Fairy Tale Craft With Me

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesDo you read the fairy tale genre to your children?

It’s one of my students’ favorite themes. Among their favorites is Jack and the Beanstalk.

To help them sequence & retell the story, I designed this super-fun beanstalk craft.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesSo that you can quickly & easily make an example to share, I’ve included full-color patterns, as well as the black & white ones for students.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesChildren color & cut out the castle & title cloud, then glue them together.

An 8-link paper chain is suspended from the bottom of the cloud.

Three leaves, with story element captions (Setting, Characters & Events) add to the beanstalk’s appearance.

Since there are a variety of versions for Jack & the Beanstalk, I’ve included a number of “picture tile” options.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesStudents choose the ones that were in the story that they read, then color & cut out these mini "pages".

They sort the picture pages into the 3 different story element categories: setting, characters & events, then sequence each group of pages, in the order that they appeared in the fairy tale.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesThese “itty bitty” storytelling booklets, are then glued to the appropriate leaf.

Before displaying, have students partner up, taking turns explaining what the setting is and who the characters are, then retelling the tale using the picture prompts.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesFor writing practice, and to further check comprehension, I’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened…worksheet, which can be done as a whole group with little ones.

 Completed projects look terrific suspended from the ceiling as a border along a hallway wall. 

I've included a "Climbing new heights in reading" poster to add extra pizzazz to your display, which is sure to garner lots of compliments from passers by!

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesToday's featured FREEBIE is a back to school apple puzzle.

This is an inexpensive little gift you can make for your kiddos for that first day of school, which will occupy their time for a bit, freeing you up.

I've also included a large apple puzzle, to be used as an independent center activity, as well as a blank grid, to help younger students easily put their puzzles together. 

The patterns come in color, as well as black and white, so kiddos can color, then cut out their own puzzle, then put it together; which gives you even more "sanity saving" time.

fairy tale crafts, fairy tale activities, jack and the beanstalk activities, jack and the beanstalk crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, writing prompts for fairy talesWell that's it for today.  Thanks for popping in. It's a lovely summer day here in Michigan. 

So love the sunshine streaming in my office window, along with a frangrant and gentle breeze. 

Feeling very contented and blessed.  Wishing you a carefree day.

1-2-3 Come Do Some "Three Billy Goats Gruff" Activities With Me

 Do you read the fairy tale, "Three Billy Goats Gruff" ? It's an old-fashioned favorite of mine, and perfect for sequencing

So I designed 3 "craftivities" that will help practice the "sequencing & retelling a story" standards: There's a slider, wheel and flip booklet

Any of the projects make for a wonderful transition activity, after you're done reading the story.   Fun for your kiddos and easy-peasy for you too, as all three are simply “Print & Go”. 

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, First up is the flip booklet.

There are 2 booklet options to choose from: one featuring a troll, the other a goat.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, The troll pages are large circles with bigger graphics, while the goat pages come two on a one-page pattern. The graphics are also a nice size.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, Pick your favorite, or give students a choice

There are full color patterns so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share, plus black & white templates, so students can make their own.

Simply run the troll and goat patterns off on construction paper or card stock. Students color & trim. These become the sturdy “base” of their booklet.

Children then color, cut & collate the pages into a little book, which is then attached to the base.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, I purposely did not number the pages, so you can assess comprehension & their ability to sequence correctly.

You can also easily omit pages, to make a shorter booklet for little ones, so they can simply tell the "beginning-middle & end" of the story.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, For some writing practice, I thought it would be fun for students, to add a caption inside a speech bubble, that’s above a “color me” picture of the troll falling off the bridge or being swept away in the river.

Completed worksheets make a cute bulletin board.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, Next up is the slider.  There are 3 outside slider options to choose from, which children color & trim.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, Two options are square for easy-peasy, straight-edge cutting, while the other is a “cut me out” troll, for those with more scissor experience.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together. (All 3 options use the same “slider strip”).

As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their troll/goat home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, I introduce the lesson by reading "3 Billy Goats Gruff", then share my completed "slider craftivity” with my students.

So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color slider pattern.

After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts. Have children guess which story element they think comes next before you pull the picture through the “window”.

My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a story slider of their own. 

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, Finally, the storytelling wheel is yet another quick, easy & fun way for students to practice the “retelling & sequencing” a story standards.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, There are 2 wheel options to choose from: one featuring a troll, the other, the 3 billy goats. The "pie wheel" that's underneath is the same.  I give my students a choice.

When everyone is done, practice retelling by using the manipulative. Everyone starts by turning their wheel so that the 3 goats appear in the “pie-slice window”, then call on a child to begin the story,

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, Continue to turn the wheel, calling on different students to tell you that portion of the story, explaining the “picture prompt”. You can also ask kiddos if this is the beginning-middle-or end of the tale.

To further check comprehension, I’ve included a “color, cut & glue” worksheet in all 3 packets.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, Same format, but with different clip art that matches that particular craftivity.  There's a simple version for younger kiddos, as well as a more challenging option, where the "picture tiles" are mixed up.

3 billy goats gruff, activities for 3 billy goats gruff, goat crafts, troll crafts, troll activities, fairy tale activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, As another way to assess comprehension, as well as include some writing practice, there’s also a variety of “Here’s What Happened…” worksheets, which can be done as a whole group with younger children.

When everyone is done with their slider, wheel or flip booklet, have children pick a partner and take turns telling the story, “3 Billy Goats Gruff” to each other.
We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies.

Afterwards, encourage students to share their goat/troll craft with their parents, once again retelling the story.

Because my little peanuts are absolutely exhausted, at the end of our day, I like to show some sort of very short educational video.

This is a "winding down" (calming time) for us, which not only helps my students, but gives me a few minutes to get things ready for dismissal.

I spend quite a bit of time seaching YouTube, so I've also included 3 of my favorite "Billy Goats Gruff" video links in all three packets. 

I sincerely hope you'll give one of these crafts a try.   If your students are like mine, they will really enjoy sequencing and retelling with a "paper manipulative".

fre treat bags ideas for back to school Today's featured FREEBIE is a fun little "back to school" icebreaker treat bag. I enjoy decorating with fish.

Tfree treat bag ideas for back to school, free back to school bookmarks, free back to school postershey work for the beginning of the year, as well as summer; their bright colors simply give one a happy feeling.

There's also the terrific "play on words" possibilities, with "school" and "o-fish-ally".

So  I designed these sweet treat bag "headers" to put at the top of a Snack Baggie of Fishy crackers. Don't want to do a treat bag? Use the patterns for a bookmark!

free treat bag ideas for back to school, free back to school bookmarks, free back to school postersThere's also a fish pattern to slit & slide a push-up Popsicle through, plus a bookmark for more quick, easy & inexpensive treats.

free treat bag ideas for back to school, free back to school bookmarks, free back to school postersI've included a "We're ready for a 'fin-tastic' school year" poster as well, which can be the center for a fish-filled bulletin board.

The packet includes patterns for preschool, kindergarten & 1st grade, with a blank template to fill in with whatever grade you teach. 

treat bags for back to school, activities for 3 billy goats gruffWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

I don't know about you, but my back-to-school, "To Do" list, keeps getting longer as the summer gets shorter.

Wishing you a relaxing and stress-free day.

"Less Monday; more summer!" -Unknown

 

1-2-3 Come Do Some "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" Activities With Me

 

If you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mouse craft, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, activities for Laura Numeroff booklsDo you read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff? 

I absolutely love her "If You Give A..." series of stories.  So do my students.  They truly get a kick out of the endings, where things come full circle and then repeat. 

Glad that a publisher finally agreed, as that best-selling book was rejected 9 times!!!! Puts new meaning behind the words, "Try, try again." 

These books are perfect for sequencing!  With that in mind, I designed a storytelling flip booklet, as well as a slider craftivity

Both packets will help practice the "sequencing & retelling a story" standards, and make for a wonderful transition activity, after you're done reading the story.  

If you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mouse craft, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, activities for Laura Numeroff booklsFirst up is the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" flip booklet. 

Fun for your kiddos and easy-peasy for you too, as it’s simply “Print & Go”. 

If you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mouse craft, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, activities for Laura Numeroff booklsSimply run the mouse pattern off on construction paper or card stock.
Students color & trim. This becomes the sturdy “base” of their booklet.

Students color, cut & collate the pages into a little book, which is then glued to the base.

I purposely did not number the pages, so you can assess comprehension & ability to sequence correctly.

I've included black & white patterns, as well as colorful ones, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

Because children absolutely love giving their opinion, the last page allows them a chance to rate the story with a thumbs up or down, as well as coloring in a star ranking.

If you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mouse craft, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, activities for Laura Numeroff booklsTo further check comprehension, I’ve included a “color, cut & glue” worksheet too.

As another way to assess comprehension, as well as include some writing practice, there’s also a “Here’s What Happened…” worksheet, which can be done as a whole group with younger children.

When everyone is done, have children pick a partner and take turns telling the story, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” to each other.
We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies.

Afterwards, encourage students to share their mouse craft with their parents, once again retelling the story.

If you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mouse craft, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, activities for Laura Numeroff booklsNext up is the slider.  There are several mouse options. I’ve included a large, full-page pattern for teachers, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page pattern for your students.

Children color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.

As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the cookie “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their mouse home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

If you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mouse craft, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, activities for Laura Numeroff booklsI’ve included a “sequence the story” slider activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on the blank slider strip.

You also have the option to do the regular slider with the story graphics in the appropriate order, then assess comprehension afterwards, using the “Sequence the Story” worksheet.

I introduce the lesson by reading "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie", then share my completed "slider craftivity” with my students.

So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color slider pattern.

After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my cookie mouse.
Have children guess which story element they think comes next before you pull the picture through the “window”.

If you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mouse craft, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, activities for Laura Numeroff booklsMy students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a Cookie Mouse story slider of their own.

back to school icebreakers, M&Ms icebreaker, icebreaker games, As with the flip booklet, this packet also includes a "Here's What Happened..." worksheet, in black & white, as well as color, so that you can do this as a whole group discussion with little ones.

Today's featured FREEBIE is a fun little "back to school" icebreaker.

You can play this "get to know you game" with M&Ms or Skittles,   This activity works with a variety of ages and grade levels.  I hope you find it useful.

back to school activities, if you give a mouse a cookie activitiesWell that's it for today.  Thanks for popping in. 

Not sure about you, but my summer is going at the speed of light. 

Seems like we were all just cheering on the last day, and now we're getting ready for that exciting first week of school. 

Wishing you a blessed day free of stress, and those too long "To Do" lists.

"You do enough. You are enough. You've done enough. You have enough. Relax." - Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some "First Day Jitters" Activities With Me

activities to go with first day jittersDo you read “First Day Jitters” by Julie Danneberg?
It’s one of my all-time favorite back to school books. My students absolutely LOVE the surprise ending.

With that in mind, I decided to make 3 different "Jitter" crafts, to help students sequence and retell the story. They are a super-fun transitional activity after you're done reading.

back to school activities, back to school crafts, icebreaker activities for the first week of school, back to school stories, back to school writing prompts, activities for First Day Jitters, back to school crafts, back to school writing promptsFirst up is the “First Day Jitters”   flip the flap, schoolhouse booklet.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/40-Off-First-Day-Jitters-Storytelling-Craft-3885395So that you can differentiate your lessons, I’ve included a simple flip booklet with just 4 pages for little ones, as well as pattern pages for a super-cool schoolhouse, where the pages are cut down the middle, so the "double-doors" of the school house flip open on both sides.

I purposely did not number the pages, so you can check comprehension.

This also allows you to choose less pages for preschool students, who can easily sort beginning-middle-& end, then retell the story with a limited number of “picture prompts”.

Simply run the schoolhouse pattern off on construction paper or card stock. Students color & trim.

back to school activities, back to school crafts, icebreaker activities for the first week of school, back to school stories, back to school writing prompts, activities for First Day Jitters, back to school crafts, back to school writing promptsOpen the doors to the schoolhouse to retell the story.

Students color, cut & collate the pages into a little booklet, which is then glued to the base of the schoolhouse.

For writing practice, I’ve also included several prompt options that are written on the schoolhouse base patterns. Simply choose which is most appropriate for your kiddos, or you could give them a choice.

back to school activities, back to school crafts, icebreaker activities for the first week of school, back to school stories, back to school writing prompts, activities for First Day Jitters, back to school crafts, back to school writing promptsNext up is a super-simple "First Day Jitters" storytelling wheel.

If your kiddos are like mine, they will really enjoy making a wheel of their own. It’s a wonderful activity to transition to after reading the story.

To once again grab my students’ attention, I share my sample as a story review, then ask, “Who’d like to make one?”  Woo Hoo for excited enthusiasm!

As a whole group, when everyone is done with their craftivity, practice retelling “First Day Jitters” using the wheel manipulative.

Everyone starts by turning their wheel to the “pie slice”, where Mr. Hartwell is calling to Sarah. Pick a child to explain what’s happening in that ”beginning of the story” graphic.

Continue to turn the wheel, calling on different students to tell you about that portion of the story.

back to school activities, back to school crafts, icebreaker activities for the first week of school, back to school stories, back to school writing prompts, activities for First Day Jitters, back to school crafts, back to school writing promptsTo check comprehension, and reinforce the “sequencing a story” standard, I’ve also included a “color, cut & glue” sequencing worksheet.

Use the larger, colorful pattern for a whole group activity with younger kiddos. 

Print, laminate & trim the patterns.  Attach the grid to your white board, then pass the pieces out to your students.

"How does the story start?"  "Who has that story piece?"  That child comes up and places it on the grid. (I attach magnet dots to the backs, but you can also use Velcro or tape.)

back to school activities, back to school crafts, icebreaker activities for the first week of school, back to school stories, back to school writing prompts, activities for First Day Jitters, back to school crafts, back to school writing promptsThis activity is also included in the final "Jitters" craftivity,  a super-fun "First Day Jitters" storytelling slider.

Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.

back to school activities, back to school crafts, icebreaker activities for the first week of school, back to school stories, back to school writing prompts, activities for First Day Jitters, back to school crafts, back to school writing promptsWith just six, nice-sized graphics, this is easy peasy for even preschool children, making it perfect for explaining the beginning-middle & end of a story too.

As children pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various pictures go through the “window” on the “door” of the schoolhouse, so that students can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their slider home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

All three packets include black & white patterns, as well as colorful ones, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

As another way to assess comprehension, as well as include more writing practice, I’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened…” worksheet, which can be done independently, or as a whole group with younger children. This worksheet is included in all three packets as well.  

No matter if you're flippng & flapping, or turning & learning, or simply sliding along, I hope you have an absolute blast with your new students. 

back to school poster, Meet the teacher night noteToday's featured FREEBIE is also a little something for back to school. 

I found an "author unknown" quote in various place on the internet, and decided to revamp & expand it, making this "poster poem" appropriate for a teacher to share with their students. 

You can hang it up as a poster, or tuck it in your "Welcome Packet".  Just a little something fun for "Meet & Greet the Teacher" night too. 

back to school activities, back to school crafts, icebreaker activities for the first week of school, back to school stories, back to school writing prompts, activities for First Day Jitters, back to school crafts, back to school writing promptsWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

As we head into the weekend we will be topping 90 degrees. I'm so grateful that we have air conditioning in our home. 

Despite the heat, I may venture out to walk my poodle pup and water the flowers.  Wishing you a relaxing and super-fun summer & jitter-free school year. 

Oh and if you too love "First Day Jitters" be sure and check out Danneberg's "Last Day Blues" it too is a sweet story that proves teachers & students have a lot more in common that they think.

"Summer: Hair gets lighter; skin gets darker. Water gets warmer; drinks get colder. Music gets louder; nights get longer. Life gets better in the good ole' summertime. " -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Polar Express Activities With Me

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, “All Aboard! The Polar Express is now leaving for the North Pole!”
Do you read this classic Christmas story by Chris Van Allsburg?

It’s a personal favorite of mine, especially because Chris is from my home town here in Grand Rapids, Michigan, so you can imagine how popular this book is with the teachers in my school.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, With that in mind, I decided to make 3 Polar Express craftivities that would reinforce some language arts standards. First up, is the Lit Express.

As you can see by the pictures, I chose Christmas colors of red and green for my train, but you can run off a variety of colors of construction paper and give children a choice.

By the looks of the photograph the train appears small, but the pattern for each car takes up a full page.  I purposely made the templates large, so that there's plently of room for wtudents to write.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Teachers can make the train, laminate & then do this as a whole-group discussion activity with preschool and kinders, writing their answers down with a dry erase marker, then reviewing the story.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Older students can make their own Polar Express.

I suggest doing this over a few days, making several cars each day, or sending part of the project home to be completed there, and then returned.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Not enough time, but still want to give this cute craft a whirl? Simply have students do just the engine along with the “stat” car, or a -3-piece train with the engine, stat car and caboose.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Completed projects make an absolutely adorable, hallway wall border.

I’ve included an “All Aboard For Literacy” poster for your display as well.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Gluing a child’s school photo peeking out the engine’s window, makes them the conductor, and adds to the “awww” keepsake factor.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Later, the entire train accordion-folds, making the project small and flat, which easily tucks in a backpack, then unfolded, one car at a time, to retell the tale of The Polar Express to their family.

The project helps reinforce the parts of a story: Author, Illustrator, Setting, Characters, Problem & Solution, as well as practicing the ”sequencing & retelling” a story standards, via the “Beginning, Middle & End” writing prompt train cars. 

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, I've included extra page patterns, so students can write more if they want.

I have my kiddos write their rough draft on scratch paper, then after their final edit, then using red, black & green markers, they record their work on the approriate train car.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, I’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened” worksheet, should you opt for a shorter train.

So that you can quickly and easily make an example to share, I’ve included the templates of my completed samples, plus plenty of photographs, with step-by-step directions.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Next up is a "Polar Express" storytelling wheel. This craftivity is another quick, easy and fun way to practice the "sequencing & retelling" a story standards.   

There are 5 “print & go” cover options to choose from. Pick your favorite, or give students a choice.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, There are full color patterns to use for an independent center, as well as a sample to share, plus a black & white pattern, so students can make their own.

When everyone is done, practice retelling “The Polar Express" using the manipulative. Everyone starts by turning their wheel so that the boy in his pajamas appears in the “pie-slice window”, then call on a child to begin the story,

Continue to turn the wheel, calling on different students to tell you that portion of the story, explaining the “picture prompt”.

For writing practice, and to assess & check comprehension, and reinforce the “sequencing a story” standard, I’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened” writing prompt worksheet.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Besides BW, there’s a full color template so you can quickly & easily make an example to share, or do as a whole group activity with little ones.

I’ve also included a circular “Polar Express” puzzle. Use the colorful patterns for an independent center, and the black & white version so students can make their own puzzle to take home.

The base, which students place the puzzle pieces on, includes ordinal numbers so you can practice that standard as well.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Finally, my personal favorite is this Polar Express "flip-the-flap" Train Engine booklet It too, is a super-fun way to practice the "sequencing & retelling" a story standards.

Run off the engine on construction paper.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, I chose the Christmasy colors of red & green, but you could print on a variety of colors and give children a choice.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Students color, cut & sequence the “window pages” and then glue them to their train.
Gluing a child’s school photo peeking out the Engine’s window, makes them the conductor, and adds to the “awww” keepsake factor.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Another way for students to sequence the story, is with the “Let’s Sequence The Polar Express” worksheet.

Children color, cut and glue the “picture tiles” in the correct order on the train car “windows”.

I’ve included a full-color version for teachers. You can do this as a whole group with little ones, as well as make up some independent, reading center activities.

To assess and check comprehension, I’ve included a “Here’s What Happened” worksheet for older students.

Free Polar Express Train ticket, Polar Express gift tag for a bellToday's featured FREEBIE is a TICKET to ride "The Polar Express" in your classroom. 

Polar Exprss train ticket, free polar express ticket, I believe gift tag, Besides the colorful ticket, I've also included a BW option, but I think it's more fun for children if they get a lovely and vibrantly colored ticket. 

Polar Exprss train ticket, free polar express ticket, I believe gift tag, Also in the packet, is an "I Believe!" gift tag to attach to a Christmas jingle bell. 

Sign your name on the back after the "A Merry Christmas Remembrance From", add a date, then run off.

Beileve git tag, silver bell gift tag for the polar expressA room helper can cut the tags out, fold them in half and glue the front and back together. 

Punch a hole at the top, insert a piece of ribbon or yarn (curling ribbon is inexpensive & adds extra pizzazz) then tie on a bell.  The entire thing can be hung on a tree.  Pass out to your kiddos as they leave for vacation.

polar express crafts, polar express activities, literacy centers for the polar express, train crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boards, Christmas bulletin boards, Well that's it for now. Thanks for breezing in. 

As usual I'm off and running today.  This Santa's elf has much to accomplish. 

Wishing you a very merry day filled with the wonder of Christmas.

"The true magic of Christmas, is not in the presents, but in His Presence." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Make a Nativity Craft With Me

Would you like your kiddos to be able to sequence & retell the Christmas story?  With that in mind, I designed 2 simple & fun craftivities, which will help them do just that.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftFirst up: “Follow the Star”, which is a nativity “flip-the-flap” booklet,

If you do a "Christmas Around the World" ed-venture, this craftivity makes a nice addition to your travels.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftThe stable is the base of the booklet and is printed on card stock to make it sturdy.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftOnce the booklet is complete, it is free standing and makes a cute decoration.

The “doors” of the stable open, to reveal graphics of the major events that take place; from Mary & Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem to the birth of Jesus.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftBesides black & white patterns for students to color, cut & glue, I’ve also included colorful templates so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

There are several page options as well.

I’ve provided pages with text for beginning readers, as well as pages without words for younger kiddos.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftYou can also use these pages for older students, so they can write about what is happening and explain the graphic, or find a matching Bible verse to record on the appropriate pages.

To use for extra writing practice, I’ve also included a completely blank page.

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftOn the back of the stable, students can write “Jesus loves me.” or “Jesus is the reason for the season.”

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftThere are add-on graphics included as well: 4 star patterns for children to choose from, plus a cow & donkey they can glue to the back of the last, opened pages, so that when the doors are completely open, the animals flank the manger.

Brushing some Elmer’s glue on the star, then sprinkling with gold glitter adds extra pop & pizzazz. 

nativity crafts, story of Jesus' birth, Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, Christian crafts, Sunday school crafts, December activities for Sunday school, retelling a story activities, sequencing activities, Nativity craft, manger craftThe "looking down" photo on the right,  shows how the pages support the stable.

When everyone is done, read the booklet together as a whole group, calling on students to explain the various events taking place. Encourage children to sequence & retell the story of Christ’s birth to their families, as they share their nativity booklet at home.

nativity crafts, crhristmas crafts, retelling a story activiteis, sequencing a story activities, birth of Jesus activities, storytelling wheelsNext up is a nativity "storytelling wheel".

Since my storytelling wheels have been so popular, I thought it would be fun to design one for the Nativity.

Great for parochial schools, Sunday school, Christmas Around the World activities, or simply for your own child.

Storytelling wheels are a quick, easy & fun way for students to practice the “retelling & sequencing” a story standards.

nativity crafts, crhristmas crafts, retelling a story activiteis, sequencing a story activities, birth of Jesus activities, storytelling wheelsThere are 3, “print & go” cover options to choose from. Pick your favorite, or give students a choice.

There are full color patterns to use for an independent center, as well as a sample to share, plus a black & white pattern, so students can make their own.

After students have completed their wheel, practice retelling the nativity story using the manipulative.

Everyone starts by turning their wheel so that Mary & Joseph, who are traveling to Bethlehem, appear in the “pie-slice window”.

Call on a child to begin the story. Continue to turn the wheel, calling on different students to tell you that portion of the story, explaining the “picture prompt”.

Afterwards, have students pick a partner and take turns sharing their nativity wheel with each other. Sometimes we do this with our older reading buddies.
This is a quick, easy & fun way to check comprehension too.

nativity puzzle, nativity crafts, crhristmas crafts, retelling a story activiteis, sequencing a story activities, birth of Jesus activities, storytelling wheelsFor more sequencing & retelling practice, I've also included a nativity puzzle . There are two "base" options, which will help practice ordinal numbers as well as reading.

nativity puzzle, nativity crafts, crhristmas crafts, retelling a story activiteis, sequencing a story activities, birth of Jesus activities, storytelling wheelsFor writing practice, have students complete the “Here’s What Happened” writing prompt worksheet, then color it.

There’s a full color template so you can quickly & easily make an example to share, or do as a whole group activity with little ones.

December writing prompts, Christmas crafts, Christmas writing prompts, December bulletin board ideasToday's featured FREEBIE is a "Wishful Thinking" writing prompt craftivity.

Students finish the prompt: "If money were no problem and I could have 5 super-fabulous gifts for Christmas, I'd like..."

Completed projects make an adorable December bulletin board.

Christmas crafts, nativity crafts, december writing porompts, december vbulletin boardsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Two of my nine grandchildren are coming over today, so my feet have hit the floor running this morning. 

I've planned some "merry making" Christmas crafts.  Wishing you a day filled with warm hugs and happy giggles.

"Christmas is the kindling for hospitality." -Washington Irving

1-2-3 Come Do A Gingerbread Man Craftivity With Me

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, This “flip-the-flap” storytelling craft, is a super-fun way to practice the sequencing & retelling a story standards, using the popular tale of the “Gingerbread Man”

Simply run the fox pattern off on orange or brown construction paper.
Students trim & add a few highlights with crayons.

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, The “head” of the fox, is the “cover” of the booklet that flips up to reveal 6 oval pages, which feature graphics that help students recall the story, so they can retell the tale.

I purposely did not number the pages, so you can check comprehension, when students sequence the story.

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, Children color, cut & collate the oval-shaped pages into a little booklet, which is then glued to the fox’s face, making it a “flip-the-flap” activity. 


Besides the black & white patterns,  I’ve also included colorful ones, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

Since there are two versions of the fairy tale,  I’ve also included page options with both endings of the story, as well as a gingerbread man pattern, to use as an extra manipulative.

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, As children finish retelling the story, I thought it would be fun for them to place the gingerbread man inside the fox’s mouth, to tell the version where the cookie is eaten, then hold the gingerbread man and have him scamper off, to explain that he escapes in the other story.

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, For extra pizzazz, I used white puffy paint to add realistic-lookig "frosting" to the gingerbread man.

My students absolutely love this "finishing touch", which really adds to the "way cool" cuteness factor. 

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, For writing practice,  have students complete the extra “last” page, where children  circle the ending they liked best, then explain why.

 

To check comprehension & further reinforce the sequence of the story, older students can explain “What Happened?” on the writing prompt worksheet.

When everyone's  done, have children pick a partner and take turns telling the story of “The Gingerbread Man” to each other.
We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies. 

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, Today's featured FREEBIE isa set of gingerbread-themed "Parts of Speech" posters.

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, Thanks for stopping by.  I have a long "To Do" list of "must do" activities, so my feet have hit the floor running this morning.

retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activiteis, gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, activities for the gingerbread man story, fox crafts, It's all Christmas related, so especially fun, at the same tiime exhausting. 

Wishing you a "merry & bright" day.

"Christmas isn't a season; it's a feeling." -Edna Ferber

1-2-3 Come Sequence & Retell a Story With Me

Activities to go with the scarecrows hat by ken brown, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story acctivities, fall literacy centers,I guess a lot of teachers and homeschoolers read the book “The Scarecrow’s Hat” by Ken Brown because the flip booklet craftivity I blogged about last week, was a big hit. 

It’s one of my personal, all-time favorite scarecrow stories too. 

Because of all the “swapping” going on with the various characters in the story, “Scarecrow’s Hat” is perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.

Those of you who follow me, know that I enjoy designing storytelling "sliders" and wheels, which have also been very popular, as a super-fun way to practice these standards.

However, because the story has a lot of retelling parts to it, a slider would get too long, and the graphics on a wheel too small, so I wanted to think of a different kind of sequencing activity and came up with this “flip it over” 3D hat craft, that’s made out of a yellow bowl.

Run the hat brim off on yellow construction paper. Students assemble and glue the bowl face down, on top of the brim.

There are two options for sequencing and retelling the story.

Activities to go with the scarecrows hat by ken brown, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story acctivities, fall literacy centers,Students can color, cut and sequence the “beginning of the story” graphics gluing them to the front of the hat; then color, cut and sequence the “end of the story” graphics and glue them to the “back” of the hat, which is now the chicken’s nest. OR …

Children can glue all of the graphics around the front, then simply flip the hat over to reveal the chicken on her nest to tell the end of the story.

Activities to go with the scarecrows hat by ken brown, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story acctivities, fall literacy centers,I personally like gluing all of the graphics to the front, then for a “big finish” and “wow” of an ending, flip the hat over to reveal why the chicken wanted the scarecrow’s hat.

Activities to go with the scarecrows hat by ken brown, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story acctivities, fall literacy centers,The chicken is 3-dimensional and “rocks” before you put her inside the base of the bowl.

For my sample, I ran 2 sheets of various shades of brown construction paper through a shredder, to make the lining for hen’s “nest”.

Activities to go with the scarecrows hat by ken brown, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story acctivities, fall literacy centers,For some more 3D pop, you can also add a jute bow or small, silk sunflower to the base of the bowl, which is the “top” of the scarecrow’s hat.

Activities to go with the scarecrows hat by ken brown, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story acctivities, fall literacy centers,I’ve included black & white patterns, as well as colorful ones, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

When everyone is done, have children pick a partner and take turns retelling the story of “The Scarecrow’s Hat” to each other.
We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies.

To further check comprehension as well as practice sequential writing, I’ve included a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet.

Thanksgiving Shape Up Packet Thanksgiving games, thanksgiving crafts, turkey activiteis, turkey crafts, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activitiesThere’s a black & white template for students to fill in, plus a colorful pattern page so you can do this as a whole-group activity with little ones.

Today's featured FREEBIE switches from scarecrows to turkeys. Its titled, "Thanksgiving Shape Up!"  and is filled with a nice variety of games, activities & crafts, which all help reinforce 2D-shapes. 

Activities to go with the scarecrows hat by ken brown, scarecrow crafts, scarecrow activities, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story acctivities, fall literacy centers,Thanks for visiting. The scarecrow on my porch is watching the leaves swirl and twirl.

Even though it's a bit dreary, a brisk walk is in order.  Wishing you a warm and cozy afternoon.

"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I'm going to change myself." -Unknown

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