One of my favorite segments on my blog is In the Classroom. Why? Because it means that I am going to be focusing on some sort of classroom activity and worksheet. However, these worksheets and activities are not exclusive to the classroom and are available to everyone on the website. Here is your chance as a teacher or parent to help stimulate your child’s creativity. Today’s activity focuses on Roll-A-Story.
What is a Roll-A-Story?
These are simple activity sheets you can make on your computer. Kids will appreciate the fact that it is a writing “game” and not just another writing assignment. The idea is each child gets a die, which they will roll three separate times. The first time they roll the corresponding number on the die will pick their Character. The second roll their Setting. And finally, the third roll with decide the story’s Conflict. These three elements will become the basis for their story.
Sometimes, the hardest part of writing for a child is just coming up with the premise. This game solves that problem.
Let’s Get Started
The easiest way to explain it (although it is pretty self-explanatory) is to show you an example of how to use the worksheet. In the picture (click to bring up a full-size image) you will see that I rolled a 2-2-4. Now that I know my character is Lucky the Leprechaun, the setting is a small Irish village, and there is an argument over a pot of gold, I can begin to create my story. Let’s see what I can come up with using my three rolls. To be honest, I was hoping for something a little more adventurous–but to be fair–I wanted to use my exact roll.
I know, I left you hanging….
However, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show you another easy activity: You Decide! stories. A You Decide! story introduces the beginning of a story to help foster creativity, but the ending is left to the child’s imagination. You’ll be amazed at the many different variations your students will come up with during this exercise. This makes You Decide! stories the perfect addition to your curriculum.
Both the Roll-A-Story and You Decide Story activity sheets will be listed on our website and in March’s newsletter. If you haven’t yet subscribed to the newsletter, I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity.
When using any activity sheet, please keep in mind the age group of the children. While older children can work on the Story Starters and Roll-A-Story individually, younger children may benefit by working in groups or pairs. The youngest of children may need the assistance of a teacher or parent to help guide them through the activity. The idea is to make this a fun project that will pique their interest.
Also, when creating your own worksheets don’t be afraid to throw in some interesting or fun facts. This is a great opportunity to give them a nugget of information that may not come up in everyday life. After all, did you know that Vikings settled the seaport of Dalkey? I sure didn’t before I sat down to write my story! Which brings me to another good tip. Don’t be afraid to encourage students to do a bit of research before writing their stories, especially if they are older children.
Download these activity sheets today…
There are so many ways in which to encourage children to use their imagination and to promote writing. These are two simple ways. Whether you are an author creating your own activity sheets, a teacher looking for new ways to bolster your lesson plan, or a parent looking for a fun afternoon project–you can all make a difference in a child’s life. Make learning fun!
See you next week,