“Real Stuck, Way Up”
, by Benette W. Tiffault, is one of my students’ favorite apple stories
A boy wants to eat an apple “way up” in the tree, so he tosses his baseball to knock it down and it gets stuck; so he tosses his shoe, a baseball glove and a variety of other items ‘til all of them are “real stuck, way up”, including himself when he decides to climb the tree.
It’s a perfect “sequencing” story
and super-fun way to practice retelling
With that in mind, I designed a story “slider” craftivity
, along with 4 worksheets
to test comprehension
, plus 4 interesting writing prompts
, that I think your students will really enjoy.
The slider patterns come in BW as well as color, so that you can quickly & easily make a pattern to share. There are also 2 size options: full-page or 2-on-a-page.
For an independent center
activity, there’s a set of colorful sequencing cards
. Make a double set to use for a Memory Match game
I’ve also included a set in BW
, so that children can color, cut and make their own sequencing game
You could use these as a whole-group assessment
to check comprehension.
Later, have students pick a partner
to see who can be the first to sequence the story correctly.
Afterwards, have them add the cover to make an “Itty Bitty” booklet
To make reading the story especially fun, pass out the picture cards
to your students.
When you get to that item in the story, the child holding that card places it on the apple tree poster
After the story, pass the cards out to different children; challenge the class to put them in the correct order.
You can also use these patterns as an independent math center
Children roll 1 dice to place picture cards 1-6 on the tree, then roll 2 dice. add them together
to place picture cards 7-12 on.
Make a double set and have children play against a partner, to see who can be the first to get all of their items “real stuck”.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me hoping you never get stuck, way up, in an apple tree or anywhere else.
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