The Nutcracker Story for Visualization, Summarizing, and Illustration

Grade Levels
K - 5th, Homeschool
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  • PDF (7 pages)

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This is one of my very favorite holiday activities! The children listen to music and illustrate a classic holiday story!

Why use The Nutcracker Story for Visualization, Summarizing, and Illustration? Brain research tells us that having the children illustrate a story brings a deeper understanding. It encourages visualization of the characters and the setting, thinking of the sequence of the story, and summarizing the important parts.

How it works: This product involves classic holiday literature, classic holiday music, and comprehension skills combined! Use the famous story and music to encourage visualization, sequencing, and summarizing of this famous holiday story! Children (or adults) read the meaning of each part of the story. Then the children listen to the music while illustrating that part of the story.

What’s included: This is a minimal prep activity! Just run off the 8 pages back to back and staple to make a “Nutcracker booklet” for the children to read and illustrate. There are also suggestions for classic music for listening while the children illustrate.

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Total Pages
7 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.


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