Thursday, 22 September 2016

Halloween Room on the Broom Literary and Math Companion

In my previous post I said that I would be going into further detail about my Room on the Broom Literary and Math Companion. So here we go!

Room on the Broom is a wonderful Halloween tale from the brilliant Julia Donaldson. The story of a witch and her cat, who befriend a dog, a bird and a frog before taking on and defeating a ferocious dragon! The story culminates with the witch using a spell to create a truly magnificent broom for them all to soar through the sky on!

This companion is filled with worksheets and activities, it's all you need to further your reading of this timeless tale.

There are 183 pages included in the companion, 89 pages in the Math Companion and 94 pages in the Literary Companion.

You can download a freebie from my TPT store so you can get an idea of what is in the pack. The freebie includes two number bond worksheets (with accompanying answers) and the character traits sheets. You can download it HERE!

So what exactly do you get in this companion?

There are 56 rhyming cards. Simply print, cut and laminate. These are perfect for using as flashcards or playing games such as snap or old maid. I also created 42 vocabulary cards. The first group show just the images and the second group show the image and word. I just LOVE the clip art by EduClips and Lil' Frog Illustrations!

Rhyming plays a large part in the story and I wanted to focus on this, so I created various rhyming worksheets. The first set requires students to fill in the missing rhyming word - you could also provide the rhyming cards to help them with this. The second set involves students joining up the two words that rhyme.

Room on the Broom Rhyming Worksheet

There are further vocabulary cards, these ones with definitions to help with harder words. Again, I like to print, cut and laminate these for durability.

There are five story map pages. Plot and Ending / Problem and Solution / Beginning, Middle and End. I wanted students to have the opportunity to write and draw, so made sure to create different versions.

Venn diagrams are used for compare and contrast. Students have the opportunity to compare and contrast the witch & the dragon and the frog & the bird. A plain Venn diagram has been included so that you can compare and contrast whatever you like!

As my students have quite a wide range of abilities, I offered different options for cause and effect. Students could either fill in both the cause and effect themselves, use a guide and fill in either the cause or the effect, or cut and paste the given sentences into the correct spaces. My kiddos just love to get their scissors and glue out!

When it came to sequencing the story we use both the puzzle pieces and the cut & paste. I print, cut and laminate the coloured larger puzzle for students to complete in groups. The worksheet requires students to cut and paste the puzzle pieces into the correct space, and write out the events in number order. A picture cut and paste sheet allows students to cut the picture and paste in the correct sequence.

Sequencing Halloween Room on the Broom

We also sequence the story by writing the events out in the order they occurred on the worksheet provided. For differentiation, the sequence of events are also provided on a cut and paste sheet.

Students also get to identify the character traits for the witch and the dragon. They can either write in their own traits or use the cut and paste traits provided. They love colouring the pages afterwards!

My kids love their writing prompts! It really gives them the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild! There are two line options included and seven different prompts. Students get to draw their picture and then write their answer. I also created colourful prompt cards to encourage students to consider how they might feel, what they might see & smell, and what they might hear,

Another way I like my students to focus on the vocabulary, is to provide them with alphabetical order worksheets. There are four included in the pack. I also made bright and colourful alphabet cards that are perfect in a Center, print, cut and laminate. Provide students with the recording sheets to fill in. (You could also print, cut and laminate these and have students use dry wipe markers to fill in.)

I like to finish the day with a word search! There are two different versions here, a 10 x 10 with more advanced vocabulary and an 8 x 8 with easier vocabulary.

With "Match Up" students match the picture to the text using the recording sheet provided. An answer sheet has also been included.

In "What did I lose?" students use the clue and the rhyme to decide which items the witch lost and which frame they need to go in. Another great cut and paste!

I also get students to draw / write what they liked about the story and what their favourite part / character is. A worksheet for this is included.

And there was no way we do a thematic unit without a few games!

My kiddos LOVE to play "I Have, Who Has?", it's one of their favourites! We have two versions, pictures / pictures & words. They always get so excited wondering who will have the next card!

I like to provide a board game that relates to the book we are focusing on. This game has numerous cards that go with it. There are addition and subtraction cards and noun / verb / adjective cards. (There is also a sheet of card fronts for you to use!) Every time a student lands on a picture space, they pick a card! Answer sheets are provided for reference. Two dice are included, a picture die with number key and an regular die. Students follow the instructional page and the first person to the finish space wins!

We also love to retell the story and I find the best way to do this is with retelling props. I like to print, cut, laminate, then adhere them to popsicle sticks. You could also use these images for a sequencing activity! We use them alongside the retelling prompt sticks - a great way to focus students on the task.

Four colourful posters are also included for your room!

There are three Addition worksheets with accompanying spinner and number path / line (these also come in black and white to save on ink). Have students use the spinner to find two numbers, then add them to find the sum. You can attach the arrow with a brad, or simply use a pencil and paper clip! You could even use the spinner with the board game instead of the die!

We also cover size understanding with a colouring-in worksheet. Students read the prompt then colour the correct picture. Another cut and paste is also included, students colour the pictures then cut and paste in correct size order.

Colourful size cards can be printed, cut, laminated and placed in a center. Recording sheets are included with a variety of options for different levels. Students can write the answer or circle the answer.

Number puzzles are a great way to have students practice their numbers in a fun way! There are colour and black & white versions. There are six different puzzles in the pack.

Shape shadows require students to colour the pictures, cut the boxes and paste onto the correct shadow.

The "spot the difference" worksheet has four lines of pictures, students colour the picture on each line that is different!

There are also four "complete the pattern" worksheets. Students cut and paste the correct picture to complete the given pattern.

My students are also crazy for number bonds! I either provide the printed worksheets for them to fill in, or laminate them to be filled in with a dry wipe marker - this extends their use and longevity! There are eight different pages, four with numbers 1 - 10 and four with numbers 1 - 20, all themed to Room on the Broom. Answer sheets are also provided.

And a theme pack wouldn't be complete without a colour by number! There are four colour by number pages and seven colour by sum pages. US versions with the spelling "color" have been added as well!

You can find my discounted Room on the Broom Literary and Math Companion HERE!

If you would prefer to use only the Math Companion, you can get the standalone version HERE and if you would prefer to use only the Literary Companion, you can get the standalone version HERE!

I can't wait to use this pack with my students this year! I love Halloween and in particular Room on the Broom. Do you have a favourite season and story?

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