The Halloween Hike
Notes from the Story Room
Joe loved to hike and explore. So did his big sister, Meg. One sunny Halloween morning they decided to explore a nearby park. "A nice long hike will help pass the time until we can go trick-or-treating," said Joe. "We should have plenty of time to explore before then," answered Meg.
When they got to the park, the first thing they did was walk around a crystal clear lake. (Draw 1) On the other side they came to a high hill. They decided to climb up the hill. (Draw 2) The hill turned out to be much higher than they expected and it took a long time to get to the top. (Draw 3) Fortunately Meg and Joe had packed lunch and water in their backpacks. They had a nice lunch on top of the hill. Then they went down the other side of the hill. (Draw 4) It was much easier going down than up! There were lots of trees on this side of the hill. (Draw 5) They came across a pond with plants floating in it. (Draw 6) There was also a log in the middle of the pond. (Draw 7) They watched a dragonfly skim across the pond. (Draw 8) Joe and Meg walked around the pond. (Draw 9) There were lots of trees on the other side of the pond as well. (Draw 10)
"I feel like I am being watched," said Joe. "Me, too" said Meg. "Let's hurry home. We don't want to be late for the trick-or-treating tonight." Meg and Joe quickly left the park. Who was watching them on their Halloween hike?
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Draw-and-Tell stories are underrated -- thanks for sharing a good one!ReplyDelete
I think that people avoid them because they look difficult to do. They just take a little practice. Kids love guessing the drawing so it's always a hit when I do one.Delete
Linda! This is a special talent - and you've got it! They really are too difficult for me. I feel honored to have a FF friend writing and drawing original stories. Impressed!ReplyDelete
Thank you Jane! I started writing my own stories when I couldn't find ones I liked for family storytime. I enjoyed it so I've kept at it.Delete
This is great!ReplyDelete
This is really well done, Linda! I'm definitely going to use it :)ReplyDelete
I am interested in using some of your cut-n-tell stories for a storytelling class I plan to put online. Can I use the stories and images if I give credit to Linda Meuse or Flannel Friday?ReplyDelete
Thanks, Chris McCloskey
This is so cute! Do you have any tips on writing them?ReplyDelete
I did work backwards for this one. I knew I wanted to draw a witch so I looked at the picture and thought of story elements that would work with it.Delete
I wondered if you worked backwards. I use these sometimes with library and in moments where I cover for a class, etc. I call them magic marker stories where the magic is in the dry erase marker. Elementary kids love them. I really need a SCARY one for grades 4-5, though. Thanks for this one. I will add to my routine. :)Delete
If you can turn your dry erase board, try telling a story that is drawn upside down, These were always a hit in my all ages storytimes. Even the grownups enjoyed them. For an example see my post, “Building a Bot.” Though not terribly scary, I enjoyed telling “The Ghost on Pedersen’s Farm” from FROG’S RIDDLE by Richard Thompson at this time of year.Delete