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Do you read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle?
It’s one of my favorite spring stories and perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.
With that in mind, I designed this quick, easy and fun caterpillar “slider” craftivity, that will help your students retell the story in the proper order.
There are 2 caterpillar options. Choose one, or give children a choice.
Run the caterpillar and slider patterns off on white paper; using construction paper or card stock adds to the sturdiness.
Children color their caterpillar, then color, cut and glue their slider together.
I pre-cut the dashed slits on the caterpillar using an Exacto knife, so that children can easily insert their “storytelling strip”.
As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the caterpillar’s “tummy window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their caterpillar home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.
Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.
I introduce the lesson by reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then share my completed "slider craftivity” with my students.
So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color pattern of the caterpillar and sequencing story strips.
After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider.
My students now know what’s expected of them, and are excited to transition to making a “Very Hungry Caterpillar” story slider of their own.
Black and white patterns are included for them, as well as an option for a shorter version.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy retelling a story with their caterpillar pal.
If there's a story you'd like to have a slider for, I do take requests. Simply leave a note in the "Ask a Question" section, or e-mail me at email@example.com