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:
(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Copy Activity", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)
Objective: Create a storyboard that expresses your favorite part of the story.
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)