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Grid Layout on Storyboard That

By Anna Warfield

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What is a Grid?



Storyboard That has a few different layouts available for your storyboards. The grid layout is a format option that compares items across two axes. Grids are often the best choice for storyboards with lots of information, because grids are organized in a matrix. For simpler comparisons, we suggest you use a T-Chart.


Grids Help You:





Breaking Down the Grid Layout

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Left-Hand Column with Row Titles


The grid layout distinguishes itself from the traditional layout by having separate boxes for titles in addition to the cells. All grid layouts have a column on the left-hand side that cannot be removed. Subjects, topics, or major important criteria should be named in the title bars of this column. The size and the position of the title bar cannot be changed, but you are free to choose the font and color. Leave the white space below the title bar blank, or use it to show an example or description of the word in the title bar.

While you can configure your grid however you choose, the grid was designed so that the main subjects occupy the row title bars, and the criteria or examples fill in the columns. For more advanced or more detailed storyboards, use the description boxes to explain the images in the cell.


Classroom Use: How Can I Use the Grid Layout in My Classroom?

The grid layout is perfect for presenting information in a chart format. Science experiment data collection, showing literary elements with examples, factors leading to war, math vocabulary, comparing two sides of an argument, and more are all possible with the grid.

Our teacher authors have come up with many additional possibilities for the grid layout. You will find that this layout is very useful for collecting and displaying information or charting progress, but maybe you will discover even more ways to use the grid. Take a look at our suggestions.

Use the Grid Layout For:

ELA History Foreign Language STEM
  • Change Over Time
  • Advanced Comparisons
  • Text Analysis
  • Observations
  • Sorting Boards
  • Charts for Collecting Information


English Language Arts

Chart information on characters or literary devices during or after reading long texts. The grid layout makes an excellent reference guide or study sheet.


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History

Grids are excellent graphic organizers to use when comparing multiple characteristics of two or more subjects.


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Foreign Language

When learning a new language, there are a lot of new words to keep track of! A grid is perfect for verb conjugations with visual examples on Storyboard That!


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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Planning, research, information gathering and more are ideal for the grid layout. You can also use manipulatives by organizing physical objects on a printed grid storyboard!


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For more ideas on how to use storyboards in your classroom, look through some of our teacher guides for activities, template storyboards, and more!

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Applications for Special Education

Storyboard That is a fun tool for everyone in the classroom, but may be particularly useful for students on IEPs and 504 plans. Graphic organizers serve as a way to structure or guide a student's thinking. The grid layout is perfect for making charts and digital storytelling with a title cell.

Storyboard That allows the creators to incorporate pictures, colors, and text into their graphic organizers. Not all students have stellar handwriting or drawing abilities. Incorporating a storyboard-style format into digital storytelling allows handwriting abilities and drawing talents to become irrelevant. All students end up with a graphic organizer they can look back on later and still be able to understand it.

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Here are a few additional ideas on when to use a grid storyboard for special education:


For more ideas on integrating storyboards in special education, please see our other articles related to special education.



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