First Day Jitters Back to School Activities: Storytelling Slider Craft
Do you read “First Day Jitters” by Julie Danneberg?
It’s one of my all-time favorite back-to-school books; my students love the surprise ending.
With that in mind, I decided to make a storytelling “slider” craft, which will help your students practice the “sequencing & retelling a story” standards, in an interesting & fun way.
Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together. With 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 they pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various pictures go through the “window” on the “door” of the schoolhouse, 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.
I introduce the lesson by reading “First Day Jitters”, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.
So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included full-color 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.
Children 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 storytelling 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 larger, full-color option so you can do this as a simple & fun whole-group activity with little ones. Remember to grab that teachable moment 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.
Use the matching, colorful template to do this as a whole group activity, with younger students.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a fun-filled time as you “slide” through your first few weeks of school.
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