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Do you read Eric Carle’s “The Very Busy Spider” to your students?
It’s one of our all-time favorite spider books.
With that in mind, I designed this storytelling wheel craftivity; which is a quick, easy & fun way to help practice the “retelling & sequencing a story” standards.
So that teachers can easily make a sample to share, I’ve included full color templates, as well as black & white patterns, so your students can color and make their own.
Since there are quite a few characters and parts to this tale, I designed a “beginning of the story” wheel, with 6 sections; plus another 6-part wheel, to tell the end of the story.
This way, the 12 graphics are a nice size for coloring.
When everyone is done, take a moment to retell the story as a whole group.
Start by turning the wheel to the picture of the spider sitting on the fence, then call on a student to explain what’s going on in that picture.
You can also ask questions like, “Is this one of the settings in the story?” “Is this picture from the beginning, middle or end” etc.
For further reinforcement, have children pick a partner and take turns sharing their wheels with each other.
Sometimes we do this with our older, reading buddies.
For writing practice, and to check comprehension, have students complete the “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, then color it.
There’s a full color template so you can quickly make an example to share, or do as a whole group activity with little ones.
For more reinforcement, and to check comprehension, as well as the ability to sequence the story, have children color, cut & glue one of the “Let’s Sequence The Very Busy Spider” worksheets.
I’ve also included a larger, colorful copy to do as a whole group, while reading the story, and/or as a review afterwards. My students absolutely love doing this "game".
I hope your students enjoy making a storytelling wheel as much as mine do. Wishing you a fun-filled time “turning & learning”.
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