Storytelling Slider Craft For "Big Pumpkin"

Storytelling Slider Craft For "Big Pumpkin"
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Do you read the story ”Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman?

It’s one of my all-time favorite Halloween books and perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.

With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun ”Big Pumpkin” “slider” craftivity, which will help your students retell the story in the proper order.

There are 2 outside slider options to choose from. There’s a pattern with straight easy-peasy cutting for little ones, as well as a “cut the pumpkin out” template. Pick what’s most appropriate for your students or give children a choice.

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 “pumpkin window”, 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 “Big Pumpkin” 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 sample.
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 “Big Pumpkin” 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 “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 do this as a whole group activity with little ones.

Since the story definitely has a moral to it, I take the opportunity to teach the definition of this language arts term.

I’ve included a definition poster you can hang up and refer to, as well as a “What’s the moral of the story?” writing prompt worksheet.

Use the colorful pattern as a poster to do as a whole-group with little ones, brainstorming ideas by asking their opinion of the lesson they learned from the bat, then writing down their answers.

Run off the black & white template for students to work on independently, with a partner or in a small group, then share with the class.

I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy storytelling sliders as much as mine do.

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