Activity Overview

Reading books aloud is an integral part of classroom learning. Not only do read alouds model fluency and expression, they also invite discussion, questions, and connections, and opinions. Children of all ages love listening to stories, and the beginning of the school year is a perfect time to start this classroom routine. For this activity, the students will listen to the book Our Class is a Family by Shannon Olsen. Then they will illustrate their favorite parts of the book in a 2 cell storyboard.

The “favorite part” activity can be used in many ways, and with any book. Teachers may want to add more cells, or make the requirement only one cell. Teachers may also add a writing component to the activity, or have students show what they know using only illustrations; the provided example includes some dialogue. This reading response activity is sure to excite students of all ages, while allowing them to become familiar with the many features that Storyboard That has to offer. Students can browse or search for different artwork and get to know how to manipulate images while expressing their favorite part about a book that has been read aloud to the class.

Here are examples of other beginning of the school year books that can be used for this activity:

  • Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
  • Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hishe
  • Sorry, Grown-Ups, You Can’t Go To School! by Christina Geist
  • The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems
  • School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex
  • We Are All Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
  • This School Year Will Be the Best! by Kay Winters
  • How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a storyboard that expresses your favorite part of the story.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose two favorite scenes from Our Class is a Family.
  3. In the first cell, create an image that represents one of the scenes using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
  4. In the second cell, create an image that represents the other scene using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
  5. Save and exit when finished.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Favorite Scene
Explain and illustrate your favorite scene from the story.
7 Points
4 Points
1 Points
The explanation of the scene and why it was chosen is clear and at least two sentences.
The explanation of the scene and why it was chosen can be understood but it is somewhat unclear.
The explanation of the scene and why it was chosen is unclear and is not at least two sentences.
The illustration represents the scene or explanation using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
The illustration relates to the scene or explanation, but is difficult to understand.
The illustration does not clearly relate to the scene or the explanation.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

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