Do you read “Brown Bear Brown Bear”
by Bill Martin?
It’s one of my all-time favorite stories and perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story”
With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun Brown Bear
“slider” craftivity, that will help your students retell the story in the proper order.
There are several bear options. I’ve included a large
, full-page pattern for teachers, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page pattern for your students.
I run the pattern off on brown construction paper and have my students cut out the bear, but you could also print on white card stock, and have PK kiddos simply color the bear picture.
Children color the story characters
on the “slider strip” according to the colors in the book, then cut and glue it together.
I pre-cut the dashed slits on the bear using an Exacto knife, so that children can easily insert their “storytelling strip”.
As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the bear’s “tummy window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner
or reading buddy
, then take Brown Bear home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension
I introduce the lesson by reading Brown Bear Brown Bear
, then share my completed "slider craftivity” with my students.
So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color pattern for the sequencing story strips.
After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider.
My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a Brown Bear story slider of their own.
I’ve also included a color as well as BW “Here’s What Happened…”
writing prompt worksheet
, as another way to check comprehension
, plus practice sequential writing
. (Hopefully students will be using a variety of ordinal numbers
or other transitions.)
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy story sliders as much as mine do.
If there's a story you'd like to have a slider for, I do take requests
. Simply leave a note in the "Ask a Question" section, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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