If you’re a parent, teacher, or homeschooler, Storyboard That, an online tool for making storyboards, comics, and other visual aids, might be just the educational tool you’re looking for. It has templates, text bubbles, and all the other items you’ll need to effectively communicate with the children in your life. It allows you to create beautiful and educational worksheets faster, and more effectively than ever before. Let’s find out how!
Some of the key benefits I have found while using are being able to:
The sky is the limit when it comes to the possibilities of what you can create using Storyboard That. Here are some ideas of what you can put together, with or without the help of your children. In many of these instances, I would recommend asking your child to help with the creative process so they will be more invested in the project you are creating it for.
If you’re new to using Storyboard That, there is a bit of a learning curve attached. When you have a few minutes, take your time to explore the tool’s options and settings. If you’re the type who would like instructions instead of figuring it out on your own, I highly suggest checking out the useful resources and tutorials on the blog. Here are some quick tips to help you get going.
As a former ENL (English as a New Language) teacher, I wanted to put Storyboard That to the test and see how easy it would be to create the kind of traditional “printable worksheets” I used to give my elementary-aged school kids.
The letter match is a classic activity for young children who are starting to learn the alphabet for the first time. Using Storyboard That I was able to throw together the template by snapping the pre-made grid onto the page, and simply filling in the text boxes. All I needed to do next was insert a dotted line to give an example, and add some instructions. While basic, the entire worksheet took less than 5 minutes to put together from scratch.
Storyboard That comes with an extensive library of characters that can be fully customized. Using the pre-made grid, and dotted lines, I was able to create a basic writing activity in under 3 minutes by simply dragging and dropping the elements onto the page and choosing the characters I wanted to use.
While Storyboard That is an excellent time-saver for creating traditional worksheets like the examples I showed above, the tool truly excels in its ability to help you create complex and unique storyboards together with minimal effort.
Using the pre-made storyboard art, you are able to customize the backgrounds with a beautiful array of scene options ranging from outdoors, to school, historical places, and more.
Once you’ve selected your scene(s), it’s time to drop the characters in. There’s an ample library of characters to choose from, for which every last detail can be adjusted including the facial expressions and the pose of the characters, giving infinite possibilities and allowing the imagination to run wild.
The only thing left to do now is to add some speech bubbles, and download, print, or invite your students to work on the template. It’s really that simple to create visually stunning and educational storyboards to help your kids practice their creative writing and reading skills.
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Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two beautiful kids, an author at Study clerk, and an editor for the popular parenting blog Mom Loves Best. Jenny is passionate about sharing tips to help encourage reading, creativity, and self-expression among children. As an ENL teacher in her younger years, Jenny understands first-hand the power of being able to quickly put together educational and fun resources and worksheets.
Determine the specific skill you want students to practice and reinforce using worksheets. This could be math calculations, grammar rules, vocabulary acquisition, or any other skill relevant to the subject.
Choose worksheets that align with the targeted skill and provide appropriate practice exercises. Ensure the worksheets are at an appropriate difficulty level for your students, offering a range of exercises to cater to different learning needs.
Clearly explain the purpose of the worksheet and the specific instructions for completing each exercise. Break down complex tasks into manageable steps and provide examples or models to guide students' understanding.
Introduce the skill gradually and scaffold the practice by starting with easier exercises and gradually progressing to more challenging ones. This allows students to build their confidence and competence as they advance through the worksheet.
Prompt students to review and assess their own work upon completing each exercise. Provide opportunities for reflection, self-correction, and identification of areas that require further practice or improvement.
Offer timely and constructive feedback on students' completed worksheets. Highlight correct answers, address misconceptions, and provide explanations or additional examples as needed. Reinforce learning by discussing common mistakes or challenges and guiding students towards the correct approach.
Storyboard That provides templates, text bubbles, and customizable options to create media-rich and visually appealing educational worksheets for kids of all ages.
You can create chore charts, weekly rewards, comics, and traditional worksheets such as alphabet tracing, word-to-picture matching, spot-the-difference, and arithmetic exercises.
Start by exploring the tool's options and pre-made templates. Customize layouts, consider uploading your own images, and use the flexible download options to export your worksheets in various formats.