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Age Range: Kindergarten through Grade 2 (Elementary Level)
Overview and Purpose : Remembering the order in which events happen is a large part of any story. In the following lesson, students will be challenged to make pictures that show the events of their own stories.
Objective: The student will be able to tell a story in sequence by drawing pictures.
A large piece of drawing paper for each student
Give each student a piece of paper and have them fold it into fourths. Talk about the beginning, middle, and end of a story. Brainstorm some ideas for stories. (You might have to give the students some prompts. Examples might be: One day I was riding my bike…, The day we went to Grandma's house…, or We got in our spaceship and flew to….)
Have the students make-up stories on their own or using the ideas you brainstormed. Have them draw three or four pictures that tell the beginning, middle, and end of the story (they could have two middle pictures if they wanted). When they are finished they can cut the pictures apart and exchange them with another classmate. They can practice putting each other's stories in order.
As an extension to this lesson, you could read students picture book without showing them the pictures. After the story is finished, show students the pictures in random order and ask them where they belong in the story.