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1-2-3 Come Do Some Activities For The "Room on the Broom" Story   

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, kids books for halloween, witch craftDo you read the story ”Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson?

Click on the book cover or this LINK to zip on over to YouTube to see a really cute animated version. (10-minutes).

room on the broom activitiesThe TV film was nominated for the Best Animated Short Film at the 2014 Academy Awards!

It’s one of my students’ all-time favorite Halloween stories and perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.

With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun ”Room on the Broom”  slider craftivity, which will help your students retell the story in the proper order.

square room on a broom storytelling slider craft pixRoom on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, kids books for halloween, witch craftThere are 2 outside slider options to choose from. One is a square for easy-peasy straight cutting, which is perfect for little ones. 

While the other choice is a "cut me out" larger witch, for more advanced cutters.

I made some "broomstick"  ends for the "slider strip" for the larger witch, as well as included a "broom straw" pattern to glue on, which results in the slider looking like a broom that the witch is riding on. 

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, kids books for halloween, witch craftRun these patterns off on brown construction paper, then add some shading details with a marker.

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, kids books for halloween, witch craftFor extra pizzazz you can tie on a jute bow.

I make the big one for myself, and run the square craftivity off for my little learners.

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

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

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, kids books for halloween, witch craftI introduce the lesson by reading this rhyming Halloween tale, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.
So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, full-color patterns are included.

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

My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a “Room on the Broom” craftivity of their own.

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, kids books for halloween, witch craftStorytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

I’ve included a “Let’s Sequence the Story” activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet. There’s a larger, full-color option so you can do this as a fun whole-group activity with younger students.

There’s also 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 and other transitions. You can use the colorful template to do this as a whole group activity with younger folks.

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, halloween safety tips, happy halloween note card from your teacher,kids books for halloween, witch craftWoo hoo! There are two featured FREEBIES today. The first one is a set of Halloween safety tips

The tips are loaded with Dolch sight words, providing great reading practice and review.  Read the list together as a whole group, calling on different children to read a tip.  Afterwards, they can color the picture, then take it home to read to their parents. 

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, halloween safety tips, happy halloween note card from your teacher,kids books for halloween, witch craftThe second FREEBIE is a set of "Happy Halloween!" note cards, with 6 on a one-page template. 

They come in color as well as black and white.

Attach one to a treat bag, or tuck in a folder, lunch box or backpack.

Room on the Broom story, room on the broom activities, room on the broom crafts, storytelling slider for room on the broom, halloween stories, halloween centers, literacy centers, halloween crafts, kids books for halloween, witch craftWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

It's dark, damp, dreary and raining outside, providing the perfect backdrop for creating some more Halloween "stuff". 

Stay tuned for several more activities to go along with the "Room on the Broom" story.  "Witching" you an easy-breezy day filled with lots of memorable moments.

"There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow in moonlight." - Unknown

1-2-3 Come Play Some Halloween-Themed Games With Me!

As a child I loved drawing haunted houses and spooky things at Halloween.  The first and only art contest I ever won was a picture of a witch riding her broom past a crescent moon.  I was in 4th grade and thrilled!  One of the things that really pops out at you when you're looking at a haunted house is all of the broken and shuttered windows.

halloween games, halloween centers, halloween math, halloween activities, shape games, shape activities, shape lessons, shape centers, shape matching cards, matching shapes to shape words, ghost finger puppets, ghost activitiesI thought it would be fun to make the windows look like the 6 standard 2D shapes.  To play the Spooky Windows game, print, laminate and trim the haunted houses.  Run off the shapes on a variety of colors of construction paper. 

Keep each set in its own Ziploc Snack Baggie and attach with a paperclip to one of the Spooky Windows haunted house mats. Children place the shape cut outs onto the matching spooky window. 

You can also play this as a game.  Children choose a partner and spin the spooky shape spinner.  Whatever shape they land on, they say the name of the shape and place it on their haunted house.  The 1st one to match all of the shapes on their house, is the winner.

halloween games, halloween centers, halloween math, halloween activities, shape games, shape activities, shape lessons, shape centers, shape matching cards, matching shapes to shape words, ghost finger puppets, ghost activitiesI've also made the Spooky Windows into a dice game.  Here students choose a partner and take turns rolling a dice. Whatever number they roll, they color in 1 matching numbered window and identify the shape.  The 1st child with all of their windows filled in, or the one with the most filled in when the timer rings, is the winner. 

By having students play with the color spinner,  you can also review colors.  Whatever shape they land on, they color the matching shape window that color.  Afterwards, little ones can color their haunted house.  Challenge older students to only color the rectangles.  How many did they color?

halloween games, halloween centers, halloween math, halloween activities, shape games, shape activities, shape lessons, shape centers, shape matching cards, matching shapes to shape words, ghost finger puppets, ghost activitiesAlso in this packet is a Spooky Windows shape sorting mat.  I found that after awhile, most of my Y5's readily identified the various shapes, but when I asked them to find that shape in the world around them, many had difficulty. 

i.e. I could show them the shape of a rectangle and they'd say "That's a rectangle."  but when I asked them to name something in the classroom that was a rectangle, some of them had difficulty doing so. 

Because of this, I also like to design shape activities using pictures of things representing the various shapes, so children can sort them.  Print off the shape pictures, trim and keep each set in a separate Snack Baggie.  Children can work independently or against a partner to sort the shapes.  Turn it into a game, and have students spin the spinner in order to be able to place that shape on their mat.  

ghost finger puppets, halloween games, games to play on halloween, common core halloween, shape games, shape acitivies, shape centers, shape worksheets, halloween activities, Another fun way to review shapes with the haunted house, is via a little ghost puppet.  Print and laminate the haunted house, trim and cut out the windows.  Using an Exacto-knife, I cut out the circle and oval windows completely.

I cut the other shape windows, so that one side was left un-cut, to act as a hinge.  You can fold the windows open, or leave them shut, so your students can better see the shape as your ghost puppet pops through it.

halloween games, halloween centers, halloween math, halloween activities, shape games, shape activities, shape lessons, shape centers, shape matching cards, matching shapes to shape words, ghost finger puppets, haunted house template, haunted house pattern, haunted house with shape windows,ghost activitiesHold the house up in front of you. Manipulate a white ghost (Popsicle stick) through a window or simply have the ghost peek behind the window. 

Students call out the shape of the window the ghost is peeking out of. 

You can also make a ghost finger puppet by cutting off a “finger” of a white glove, and gluing on 2 wiggle eyes.  Use rubber gloves for an eerie transparent look.  I experimented with dotting eyes on with a black marker as well as using puffy paint. 

I personally like how the ghosts with wiggle eyes turned out.   You decide which you like best.  Because these are really quick, easy and inexpensive to make, you could set this up as a center and have your students each make one.

halloween games, halloween centers, halloween math, halloween activities, shape games, shape activities, shape lessons, shape centers, shape matching cards, matching shapes to shape words, ghost finger puppets, ghost activitiesFinally, I've included a card game called "Shapely Haunted Houses".  These are cards with a shape on them that can be matched to the shape, or shape word cards for a Memory Match or "I have; Who has?" game. 

All of these games and "craftivities" are included in the Spooky Windows packet.  Click on the link to view/download it.

halloween games, halloween centers, halloween math, halloween activities, shape games, shape activities, shape lessons, shape centers, shape matching cards, matching shapes to shape words, ghost finger puppets, ghost activitiesThanks for visiting today.  I design and blog daily, so I hope you can fly on by for tomorrow's FREEBIES.  Feel free to PIN away.  To ensure that "pinners" return to THIS article, click on the green title at the top; it will turn black, now click on the "Pin it" button located on the burgundy menu bar.  If you'd like to take a look at all of the awesome educational items that I pin, click on the heart button to the right of the blog.

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