Planting beans and reading the classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk is a spring tradition in many preschool and kindergarten classrooms.
I created this free printable to go along with the story of Jack and the Beanstalk that will help your students practice letter identification skills and writing. Keep reading to grab your copy!
I love the Roll ‘N Write games from Prekinders; they were the inspiration for this Jack and the Beanstalk version.
Supplies for Jack and the Beanstalk Roll, Say, and Write Game
- Roll, Say, and Write printable sheet
- Blank wooden cube or similar
- Permanent marker
Preparing to Play the Game
Print one Roll, Say, and Write sheet for each child in your small group. Use the permanent marker to write one letter on each side of the cube. I found the blank wooden cubes at my local craft store in a package of six for less than two dollars. You could also use a pocket cube if you prefer so the letters are easier to change out.
How to Play the Jack and the Beanstalk Roll, Say, and Write Game
To play, students will roll the die, identify and say the name of the letter they rolled, then write the letter on a leaf using a pencil.
They should start at the bottom (on either side) and continue rolling and writing letters until they have reached the top of the beanstalk.
When finished students can count how many of each letter they have recorded on their sheet. Ask them to count and tell you which letter has the most, least, or same amounts.
You could also use this game for sight words or numbers depending on your student’s ages and ability levels. Since the sheet is blank and you create the cubes, the sky’s the limit (get it?)
Free Jack and the Beanstalk Printable
Click on the picture above to download the Jack and the Beanstalk Roll, Say, and Write printable.
Jack and the Beanstalk Books
As with any classic tale, reading several books during the week is a great way to compare and contrast several different versions of the stories. Here are some of my favorite versions of Jack and the Beanstalk.
Jack and the Beanstalk by Steven Kellogg
Steven Kellogg’s version of the tale is beautifully illustrated and captures the story in great detail.
Jack and the Beanstalk by Carol Ottolenghi
This version is my “go-to” book when introducing kids to Jack and the Beanstalk for the first time.
Jack and the Beanstalk by Richard Walker
A quirky take on a classic tale, this book features unique illustrations and is sprinkled with humor throughout.
Waynetta and the Cornstalk by Helen Ketteman
A hilarious Texas version of Jack and the Beanstalk with a female main character. Be sure to read this one to your class using your best Texas drawl.
More Jack and the Beanstalk Resources:
Printable Jack and the Beanstalk Math Game
Printable Jack and the Beanstalk Comprehension Activity
Printable Jack and the Beanstalk Flannel Board
Jack and the Beanstalk Math and Literacy Activities
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