Writing a cohesive story with a clear plot can sometimes be daunting for children; picturing the end, where the story is going can be a challenge.
By using story cards & cubes, this quick, fun activity uses speaking and listening to aid this. Children will be able to visually see their story and create links and endings with prompts.
Story Starter Writing Cards
Optional: iPads to take photos.
Children first begin with one of the story starter cards - given completely at random. This will give them the 'theme' of the story. In this example, the story starter card is the view of a coastline. At this stage, you could ask children to write their first impressions and develop an exciting opening with their partner, again identifying a theme for their story. Initial 'theme' created using story cards.
Next, children will roll their story cubes. There are 9; children then split them into 3 groups: a beginning, middle and end. Roll the dice to give 9 story prompts.
Next, children use the cube to develop their story, creating a cohesive narrative which has a clear plot, linking ideas. As there will be images for the ending, the child should have an idea of where the story needs to get to, providing them with a 'story arc' alongside a visual representation. Moved into 3 groups: beginning, middle and end.
Children could complete activity without story starter card to give them a theme.
Children could have less story cubes to complete the activity, which will not need such a developed or complex storyline.
You could use iPads to take photos of the card and story cubes to show children's learning.
Partner could make notes on the story as they're being told it.