The Mitten by Jan Brett is one of my favorite winter stories and perfect for practicing the sequencing and retelling a story standards.
With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy & fun, mitten “slider” craft, that will help your students retell the story in the proper order.
- “My students loved making these this year and I will definitely be using them next year! It was a great way to practice story sequencing! I laminated a version and put it in our classroom library and let me tell you, kids used it over and over and over! They loved retelling the story to each other with the mitten as a prop to help them remember the order!”
- "This made re-telling easy and fun for kids. Great product!"
Simply run the mitten and slider patterns off on white paper.
Children trim their mitten, then color, cut and glue their slider strips together.
As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the mitten “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner, then take their mitten home to share with their family, once again practicing the lesson.
I introduce the lesson by reading the story, then share my sample with the children.
We retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on the slider.
My students now know what’s expected of them, and ar very excited to transition to making a “mitten story slider” of their own.
As always, both color, as well as black & white patterns are provided.
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.
* I’ve also included a “Let’s sequence the story” activity for this, where students color and trim the picture cards then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.
* There’s a larger, full-color option so you can do this as a fun whole-group activity with little ones.
Check out the PREVIEW for samples.
* For writing practice 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.
* Use the colorful template to do this as a whole group activity with younger kiddos.
- “My students loved this!!!!! Such a fun and interactive activity. We all retold the story after using our story mitts. Kids were so engaged. Will definitely use again.”
- "Absolutely perfect for sequencing! The kids totally loved retelling the story with this!"
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping this little mitten craft, will make practicing literacy standards a lot more fun.
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