Halloween Activities Room on the Broom Sequencing & Retelling a Story Craft
What educators are saying
- “Best resource I have purchased on TpT. The pictures were so engaging and the children were able to make their own broom and then retell the story. Loved it.”
- “Fun activity!” “Will definitely use again.”
- “My students loved this - very helpful for retelling in sequence and very engaging!”
"Room on the Broom” is 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.
There are 2 outside slider options to choose from. One is a straight cut square for easy-peasy cutting, while the other is a larger witch for more advanced cutters.
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.
I 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, I’ve included full-color slider patterns.
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 “Room on the Broom” craftivity of their own.
- “My students really enjoyed this! Great activity for the book!”
- “My students loved the sequencing, the craft, and then retelling it to partners! Thanks so much for such a cute and engaging way to retell the story!”
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 a larger, full-color option so you can do this as a fun whole-group activity with little ones.
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 activity with younger folks.
I've found that using the slider as a manipulative, to help students sequence & retell the story, is a very successful tool for a
- “Great resource...my preschoolers and speech-language students loved to make and use this to retell the story. Excellent carry-over activity.”
- “This is a fall favorite with my kindergartners. Excellent product!”
- “My [1st grade] students loved doing these activities!
- “This has been a valuable resource for my 2nd grade classroom.”
- “These activities were so fun my students [learning impaired]. They had a blast working on this one!”
- “What a fun, engaging way for students to retell the story! It was especially great for my ESL students.”
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a fun-filled time as you “slide” through fall.
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