If you are looking for a not so scary Halloween read to share with your class, look no further than Room on the Broom. This book is widely popular due to its themes of friendship, kindness and teamwork. There is also a short film to go with the book if you are interested in a lesson comparing and contrasting books and movies. We love this book for the sweet story about a kind witch who is inclusive to others. - Jodi and the Starts With a Story Team



A witch was flying through the sky with her cat on her broom when suddenly her black hat flew off. She flew her broom down to the ground and started to search for her hat. A dog came out of the bushes with her hat and asked if there was room for him to ride on the broom. The witch said yes and the three flew into the air. Throughout the ride the witch lost her bow and wand. Each time she stopped to pick them up and met a new friend. Soon, the witch, cat, and dog were joined by a bird and frog. 

However, when the frog jumped onto the broom, it broke in half and everyone fell to the ground! The witch was face to face with a dragon that wanted to eat her. Thankfully, her new friends came to the rescue and scared the dragon away. The witch was able to cast a spell and make a brand new broom, with a seat for all of her friends.


Room on the Broom is a great mentor text for teaching students important reading comprehension strategies, writing skills, and grammar concepts. All of our book companions come with activities that relate to these subject areas. Check out just some of the skills included in our book companion!

  1. Practice identifying important plot features such as problem and solution.
  2. Have students practice sequencing the important events in the story. 
  3. Integrate descriptive writing by asking students to describe how certain characters looked.
  4. Teach students about how to writing and ask them to write their own spells like the witch.  
  5. Use examples from the book to teach a lesson on linking verbs and conjunctions.
  6. Teach a lesson on interjections and prepositions. 
  7. Discuss social emotional learning concepts such as friendship and teamwork.


If you are looking for “ready to go” activities for the first day of school, be sure to check out the book companion. With it you’ll receive all of the following resources to align with this specific book:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies

This resource is all you will need when it comes to planning your read aloud for the book Room on the Broom. Gone are the days when you have to brainstorm discussion questions, look online for student activities, and spend hours gathering resources. Now everything you need is included in this book companion allowing you to make choices on what you want to use with your students.



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