The Littlest Pilgrim Sequencing & Retelling Thanksgiving Craft

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My students loved this resource! It provided them with useful information and was highly engaging for all students.
Thank you for creating this. My students really enjoyed retelling the story using the sequencing strip.


Teacher Comments:

  • “My students absolutely loved this. They could retell this story like rock stars.”
  • “Love this sequencing activity. So much fun to put together.”
  • "Amazing product and very engaging!"

"The Littlest Pilgrim” by Brandi Dougherty, is a favorite Thanksgiving story.

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” standards.

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.

Children color the objects on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.

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.

Teacher Comments:

  • “Class was SO thrilled and excited to have such a cool way to retell the story! They couldn't wait to take it home to share.”
  • “Cutest craft and way for the children to retell the story!”

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 slider pattern, as well as the black & white one for students.

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.

Even though the main character is a girl, I've included 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.

You could also set this activity up as a literacy center.

Teacher Comment:

  • “Great pack to promote learning sequencing a story. It makes a great way to evaluate how much your students know. Great activity for centers.”

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

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