Here is a visual adaptation of ”The Little Orange House” by Jean Stangl. This story appeared
in a 1982 issue of Highlights. This enchanting Halloween story is about a little witch who makes a house
from a piece of orange paper, cutting out a roof, door, and window. The young listener follows the story
while cutting out his/her orange paper to form the house. At the end, there is a surprise when they
look into the house that unfolds into a jack-o-lantern.
Provided is a picture booklet to use while you tell the story, to give students a visual representation of the
narration. I created this for telling the story to a deaf and hard of hearing class.
This booklet may also be useful for reading to visual learners and those with auditory processing difficulties.
I also included the story with just the text, in case you decide not to use the booklet.
Props are incudes: a witch paper doll, ghost paper dolls, background of woods, and the
wind! The props are fun to use when you read the story without the picture booklet.
11 page visual adaptation booklet of “The Little Orange House.”
Two page story, text only, of ”The Little Orange House.”
Props: witch paper doll, ghost paper doll, a wind prop, and woods background page.
Optional idea: Purchase artificial autumn leaves from a dollar store as a prop. Depending on
the students, the leaves can be distracting.
Basic Ideas to target goals such as: articulation, wh-questions, story retell, compare/contrast,
attributes, and perspective taking.