Witch Themed Listening Comprehension Activity
- She has a large nose. (pause and let children draw after each sentence)
- She has beady eyes.
- She has 2 crooked teeth.
- She has on a black pointed hat that is slightly scrunched.
- She has LONG red hair. So long that it touches the ground.
- She has on long white and red stripped socks.
- She has funny looking black shoes.
- She has on a plaid dress (explain what plaid is)
- She has on a black home-made shawl.
- She is wearing orange gloves.
- She has a broom.
- She has friend that is a black cat named Fred.”
After making our drawing I showed her the cover and we read the story! My 5 year old was able to find some similarities and differences in her illustration verses the witch in the story.
My 5 year old really connected with the character, especially at the end when it is revealed that the witch is really a little girl playing dress up. “That’s why her broom wouldn’t fly and her magic didn’t work,”said my daughter.
You do NOT have to have this book to do this activity! It would be fun to give the directions to a group of children and display their witches together. It is a fun lesson on valuing every ones unique vision and talents!
This activity is great on so many levels. It improves listening comprehension, activates prior knowledge and gets children thinking about the character before reading the story. It also is a great way to discuss an illustrators job, character development, describing words and much more.
If you don’t have this book, you could adapt this activity to any book that meets the following requirements.
1. The illustrations are simply drawn.
2. The main character is somewhat creative in visual appearance.
3. Your children have NOT seen any part of this book or a picture of the character ever before.
Happy Drawing and Reading =) Amanda