Thanksgiving-Themed "Slider" Craftivities


1-2-3 Come Make A Thanksgiving Slider Craft With Me

pieDo you read ”There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie” by Allison Jackson? 

How about "Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav' Pilkey?

twas covThey are two of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving stories and are perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.

cover There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie copy 3With that in mind, I designed these quick, easy and fun storytelling “slider” craftivities, that will help your students retell the tale in the proper order.

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

little old lady who swallowed a pie Thanksgiving storyAs 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 craft home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

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

sample there was an old lady who swallowed a pieI’ve included a “sequence the story” worksheet for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on the blank worksheet.

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

cover the night before thanksgiving pktAfter I read the story, we retell the tale together using the picture prompts on my slider. I have them guess what they think comes next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.

the night before thanksgiving storytelling craftMy students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a slider of their own.

I’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers or other transitions. 

night wingA perfect "comparison-contrast" story for "The Night Before Thanksgiving" is Natasha Wing's book with the same title, yet they are two completely different stories, so I read Natasha's book the next day.

I’ve also included a Venn diagram activity, as well as a graphing extension, which you can do as a whole-group activity.
If you don’t have these books, here are the links to short, YouTube videos of the stories being read.:
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cover T sliders 2Besides the sequencing & storytelling sliders, I also designed some Thanksgiving-themed ones, which practice a variety of standards. Sliders are also a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess, whatever we’re currently working on.

Because of my students’ enthusiasm and their success at learning these concepts, I designed 5 different,Thanksgiving-themed slider patterns, in two sizes.

t slidersYou can make more than one because there are also a variety of slider strips to choose from, which will help practice:
* upper & lowercase letters,
* counting & number recognition 1-10, as well as 1-30, plus
* skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, & 10’s, as well as
* counting backwards from 10-0 and 20-0.

IMG 9483* The 2D shape slider reinforces the standard shapes: circle, oval, triangle, rectangle, square, & hexagon; as well as “add-on” options with a: pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, star, & heart.

pilgrim girl 10 frame* Besides the sliders, the packet also includes a 10-frame spinner or dice game, and several 10-frame matching games, which come in color for an independent center, as well as black & white, so students can make their own games to continue practicing at home.

* I’ve also included 10-frame cards, with matching manipulatives, so students can practice simple addition & subtraction.

* Children can use the mini number, & math symbol tiles, to make equations and practice greater & less than too. 

cov indian cornToday's featured FREEBIE is a collection of Indian corn-themed activities. The "crayon melt" is a personal favorite with absolutely awesome results.

Me 3Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Since I stayed up 'til 3:30 AM watching election results, it's time for a brisk autumn walk to help slap myself awake.  Wishing you a clean slate and fresh start. 

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord whose confidence is in Him." - Jeremiah 17:7 

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