Activity Overview

Let students do some teaching! Have students create a storyboard that teaches how to do something for the winter holidays. This could be how to make a certain kind of holiday decoration, how to choose a gift for someone, how to wrap a present, how to make a great cup of hot chocolate, or anything else they'd like to teach!

The storyboard must include all the steps needed to complete the task. The steps can be directed to the reader using the imperative mood, or students can tell a pseudo-story like the example of “How to Play the Dreidel” below!

The dreidel is a top most often used during the Hanukkah season.

  1. Every player starts with the same number of game pieces. The game pieces can be candy, pennies, nuts, dried fruit, or chocolate coins referred to as "gelt".
  2. Each player puts one game piece into the pot at the start of the round.
  3. The first player spins the dreidel. What he does next is based on the side of the dreidel facing up after it stops spinning.
  4. There are four sides to a dreidel and each has a Hebrew letter. The letters come from "Nes Gadol Hayah Sham" (a great miracle happened there), which refers to the miracle of the oil.
    • Jimmy spins and the dreidel lands with the "shin" letter facing up. Jimmy has to put one of his game pieces into the pot in the middle.
    • For Jakob's turn, the dreidel lands on "nun". "Nun" stands for "nothing", so Jakob doesn't give or get any gelt.
    • Becky gets "gimel", which stands for all. Becky gets to take everything in the middle!
    • Whenever the pot is empty, everyone needs to put one piece in again. If a player cannot put a piece in when they need to, that player is "out".
    • It's Jimmy's turn again, and he spins to "he", for half. He takes half of the pieces in the pot. Since there is an odd number, he takes half of the amount rounded up: two pieces.

  5. The game is over when all but one player is "out"!

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In each description, write the steps of how to do something (play a game, bake cookies, etc.).
  3. Illustrate each description using appropriate scenes, characters, items, and dialogue.
  4. Save and Exit

Lesson Plan Reference


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

Sequence of Events Rubric
Create a storyboard that shows a sequence of events. Below each cell, type in a description about the importance of that part of the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Each of the cells represents a different part of the story. The cells are in order from beginning to end.
One cell is out of order, or the storyboard is missing important information.
Important information is missing and/or two or more cells are out of order.
Cells include images that accurately show events in the story and do not get in the way of understanding.
Most images show the events of the story, but some are incorrect.
The images are unclear or do not make sense with the story.
Descriptions match the images and show the change over time.
Descriptions do not always match the images or mention the importance of the event.
Descriptions are missing or do not match the images.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammar is mostly accurate. Mistakes do not get in the way of understanding.
Spelling is very inaccurate and hinders full understanding.
Text is very difficult to understand.

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