I know this book was published in 2001, but it is new to me! I ordered it from a recent Scholastic Book Order, and I have loved reading it to my grandchildren! There are lots of ideas of activities to use with this book on Pinterest, as well as the website Roomonthebroom.com. If you have a chance, check them out!
I think this story would be great for retelling! My favorite way to retell stories is to act them out. Here are some pictures of the characters that I found online and enlarged. You could print them on cardstock and punch holes to make yarn necklaces, or put them on headbands for the children to wear.
Here is a smaller set that you could print out, add magnets and retell on a magnetic board.
Or finger puppets!
Please check out the websites noted on these pages, they have great ideas! Also, check out this site for more great graphics!
Another activity would be to sequence some of the events of this story.
The children would just cut out the pictures on the following page and glue them onto the recording sheet in the order they happened in the story.
This story was just full of great examples of problems and solutions. As well as generating some great discussions you might ask children to identify the problem represented by each picture, and find the picture that represents the solution.
There are 2 of each item on this page – each child would get a half sheet.
This book is full of rich vocabulary. I think it might be helpful to have some illustrations to help children understand these unfamiliar terms.
The rhymes in this book make it fun to read, but I don’t think I would emphasize the skill of rhyming. The words that rhyme are far apart in the story, and children who are still gaining confidence in rhyming might have trouble recognizing the rhymes. But it would be fun to point out the phrases that are repeated through the book, and emphasize those rhymes – room/broom, ground/found, be/me and on/gone.
Another teacher in my building made a great bulletin board display – she cut out a very large paper broom and taped it up horizontally. Then each child created an animal or character that might be riding on the broom, and she mounted those pictures as if they were riding on the broom, with the title, “Is There Room on the Broom for Me?”
Maybe you have been using this book for years and love it too! I would love to hear how you use it in your classroom!