One of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving books is, Dav’ Pilkey’s “Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving.”
It’s perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story”
My students especially enjoy the rhyming verse
, pictures, and love-filled ending.
They really identify with the children in the story, who board a school bus to go on a field trip to a turkey farm.
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.
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.
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.
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 students guess
which part of the story came next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.
They now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a slider of their own.
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.
The next day, we read Natasha Wing’s book
, which has the same title, yet they are two completely different
stories and are perfect to compare and contrast
; so I’ve also included a Venn diagram
activity, as well as a graphing extension
, which you can do as a whole-group
If you don’t have these books, here are the links to short, YouTube videos of the books being read.:
I hope you and your students enjoy these stories and activities as much as mine. Wishing you a blessed November.
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