"The Night Before Thanksgiving" Storytelling Craft With Comparison Activities

"The Night Before Thanksgiving" Storytelling Craft With Comparison Activities
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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” standards.

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.

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.

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 slider pattern.

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 activity.

If you don’t have these books, here are the links to short, YouTube videos of the books being read.:
* http://bit.ly/1lDSSbV
* http://bit.ly/2fft8m8

I hope you and your students enjoy these stories and activities as much as mine. Wishing you a blessed November.

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