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Do you read any Aesop’s Fables as part of your genre studies?
I do; my students really enjoy these simple and short tales with a moral, which makes for some great discussions and are an easy way to practice the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.
With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun ”Tortoise and the Hare” “slider” craftivity, which will help your students retell the story in the proper order.
There are 2 outside slider options to choose from: a turtle or the rabbit.
Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.
As they pull on the end of this strip, the various pictures go through the “window” on the animal’s belly, 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.
I introduce the lesson by reading the fable, 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 for teachers, as well as 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 an Aesop’s fable craftivity 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 full-color option so you can do this as a fun whole-group activity with little ones, which is also a simple way to practice ordinal numbers as well.
For writing practice, I’ve 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 and other transitions.
You can use the colorful template to do this as a whole group activity with younger students.
A “What’s the moral of the story?” worksheet provides more writing practice as well as a simple way to reinforce that vocabulary word.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a fun-filled time as you “slide” through this interesting Aesop fable.