Do you read ”The Littlest Pilgrim”
by Brandi Dougherty
I think part of the reason my students enjoy this story so much, is that they truly identify with Mini, the main character, for they too are young and often feel left out.
Mini is too little to chop wood, bake bread, hunt, build a cabin, or fish. (A nice list of things that the Pilgrims did).
However, she’s not too little to pick berries and make a special Native American friend; which in truth is the very essence of why the Pilgrims survived.
The story is perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story”
With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun storytelling “slider” craftivity
, that will help your students retell the tale in the proper order, relaying facts about the Pilgrims at the same time.
the objects on the “slider strip” then cut
As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the window”
, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner
or reading buddy
, then take their Pilgrim home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension
I’ve included a “sequence the story” worksheet
for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order
on the blank worksheet.
I introduce the lesson by reading ”The Littlest Pilgrim”
, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.
So that you can quickly and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color
After I read the story, we retell the tale together
using the picture prompts on my slider. I have them guess
what object they think came 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 slider of their own.
There are patterns for both a boy and girl Pilgrim.
I’ve also included 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
or other transitions.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy storytelling sliders
as much as mine do.
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