1-2-3 Come Do Some Little Red Riding Hood Fairy Tale Activities With Me
One of the many themes I do with my students is fairy tales, they absolutely love this genre.
No matter what time of year you slip in a fairy tale or two, I think your students will enjoy making these "hands-on" craftivities, which will help students practice the sequence & retell a story” standards.
Today's blog features 3 of my latest storytelling crafts for the fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood".
For consistency, I wanted all of my storytelling WHEELS, SLIDERS & FLIP-the-FLAP booklets to have the same format.
My Y5s absolutely love making & collecting them so much, that after story time, several children will often ask "Can we make a 'tell the story' craft for this book?"
First up is a "flip the flap" booklet, where the wolf’s “mouth” tells the tale, as students color, cut & collate the “muzzle-shaped” pages into a little booklet, which is then glued to the wolf’s face, making a “flip-the-flap” activity.
I've included black & white patterns, as well as colorful ones, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.
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 wolf pattern off on construction paper or card stock.
Students trim & add a few highlights with crayons.
For some 3D pop, have children bend the tips of the ears forward.
I also drew a completed face of the wolf pattern, should you want to make a mask.
For all of the projects, when everyone is done, have children pick a partner and take turns telling the story of “Little Red Riding Hood” to each other.
Next up is a "Little Red Riding Hood" storytelling slider.
Here students sequence & retell a story by sliding the "picture prompts" through a "window".
There are 3, “outside picture” options to choose from: grandma in bed, Little Red Riding Hood, plus the wolf.
Pick your favorite or give children a choice.
I’ve included simple, rectangular cutting templates for PK kiddos, as well as “cut me out” patterns for more experienced, scissor-skilled students.
Children color the story elements on the “slider strips” then cut and glue them together.
As they pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various pictures go through the “window”, so that students can take turns retelling the story
I introduce the lesson by reading "Little Red Riding Hood", then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.
So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included full-color slider patterns, along with the black & white versions for students.
After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider.
I have them 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 slider of their own.
Storytelling 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 also a, “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheets, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions.
Finally, another option you have for practicing these standards is the "Little Red Riding Hood" storytelling WHEEL craft.
Unlike some of the other stories we read, fairy tales have a few more story elements, so retelling them takes more "picture prompts".
With that in mind, I designed a front & back wheel, so that the graphics are larger on a "slice" from a 6-piece "pie"circle, than they would be on a circle divided into 12-pieces.
I find that my little ones choose only one color & tend to scribble, when graphics are small, whereas they do a much better job coloring in the graphics on these patterns.
There are 2 “print & go” options to choose from: A circle wheel, which features Little Red Riding Hood, as well as a basket-shaped wheel.
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.
When everyone is done, practice retelling the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” using the manipulative. Everyone starts by turning their wheel so that her face 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”.
When you get to the sixth-pie slice, showing "grandma in bed", have children unfasten the brass brad and flip their wheel over, to reveal the last half of the story.
I’ve also included a “back” pattern for both the circle wheel and the one shaped like a basket, where students simply flip their wheel up & over to finish telling the rest of the fairy tale, without having to take their wheel out.
There's a blank-circle pattern, for the back which you can leave as is, or use the empty space for a writing prompt: "What was your favorite part in the story?" etc.
I've also included a pattern with the headings: beginnning-middle & end, as well as my completed sample. (See photo)
Just like the slider craft, you can check comprehension with the “Here’s What Happened” writing prompt worksheet.
Besides the black & white pattern, there’s also a full color template so you can quickly & easily make an example to share, or do as a whole group activity with little ones.
Another way to check comprehension, and reinforce the “sequencing a story” standard, have students do the “color, cut & glue” sequencing worksheet; this too can be done individually or as a whole group.
Today's featured FREEBIE is a super-simple, end-of-the-year writing prompt that makes a quick and easy memory book, or class book you can share with your next year's kiddos. I hope you find it useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
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Time to take a much-needed break and get this old body outside. Maybe a little gardening perhaps? Wishing you an awesome day filled with everything you enjoy the most.
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