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Do you read the story “Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman?
It’s one of my all-time favorite Halloween stories.
My students love it too.
With that in mind, I designed this “Big Pumpkin” flip the flap booklet, which is a quick, easy & fun way for children to practice the “retelling & sequencing” a story standards.
The fanned-out pages of the “Big Pumpkin” make the completed craft a cute Halloween centerpiece as it stands by itself.
Besides the black and white templates for students to color, I’ve included full color patterns so that you can easily make an example to share; helping to explain what you want your students to do, which will get them excited to make their own.
Students sequence the story by coloring, trimming, then gluing the “character ovals” to the orange pumpkin “pages”.
When everyone is done, retell the story as a whole group, calling on a student to explain what’s going on, on that page.
You can also have children pick a partner and take turns retelling the story to each other.
For writing practice and to check comprehension, I’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened” writing prompt worksheet.
Use the colorful template as a whole group activity with little ones.
Since this story has a moral to it, I take time to define this language arts term.
I’ve included a poster for you to hang and use as a guide.
There’s also an additional writing prompt worksheet, where students explain the moral of the story.
Use the colorful pattern as a whole group activity, asking little ones what they learned from the bat, then write their answers down on the paper, which you’ve attached to your white board.
There’s quite a bit of cutting to this project, so make sure your kiddos are up to the task.
You could also send home the pumpkin pages and ovals as a fun homework assignment, where parents could help assist little ones, or to expedite things, have the pumpkin pages pre-cut.
Although this activity can be done with younger children, doing as a whole-group with “monkey see- monkey do” directions, the storytelling wheel and slider craft are much easier for them.
I prefer doing this one for myself, which provides another example I can share with my Young Five students to help practice sequencing and retelling a story.
I’ve also used the oval character pieces as manipulatives for an independent center, and sequencing activity during and after the story.
Older students can certainly handle the cutting and directions, as well as enjoy the writing prompt options.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping you and your little pumpkins enjoy this craftivity as much as I did making it. Happy Halloween!
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