As a former English teacher, it’s hard for me to play the part of storyteller without delving into what makes a story worth telling (or reading!). That’s why when I finished reading The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey with third grade, which they loved, I knew I had to take a moment to discuss that makes this story so effective and satisfying.
After collaborating with Mrs. Bishop on the parts of the story that third grade studies, I modeled breaking down a story on the Smartboard using The Bad Guys as an example. Afterward, students got to work creating their own stories in small groups, filling out their graphic organizer to make sure their story was well-developed.
When their outlines were complete, I introduced them to the digital storytelling website “Little Bird Tales,” where they would create their stories. They really enjoyed working with this platform, and especially liked my tutorial on all the amazing things they could do with their story, including messing around with images!
Let’s just say this image evoked a strong response from the students!
The students then had 3 weeks to complete their stories. They all have access to the site from home; they just need to log in under the appropriate email address (they know which of their groupmates’ email was the username) and enter the password oqslib. Take a minute to read your student’s story with them today! They worked really hard!
They’re going to present them to their class this week. Nice work, 3rd grade!