My freebie resources:(Grades 1-6)
Storybook competitions: READ, WRITE, DRAW
Sheep Number 7 ppt and Word docs
Giraffe with No Neck ppt and Word docs
(see information on how to use below)
READ WRITE DRAW is a simple concept. Students have to complete a storybook. The story needs an ending and the storybooklet needs to illustrated. Incorporating art and literacy skills, these materials are a fun way to get your students reading and engaging with a text. With appropriate support and scaffolding, there is no reason why these materials cannot be used with all primary/elementary school students/classes.
I used these materials the last 2 years for a whole-school writing competition. Such was the student participation each year (150 students - 40% of the school population) I will be expanding it this year with a new storybook, Dog the Cat, to an inter-school competition amongst the school network I work in here in Hong Kong. However, these storybooks can be used for just your class, or even just a group of students.
Use the ppts to tell the ‘unfinished’ stories to your students.
Ask students to brainstorm what happens next.
Encourage them to re-read the storybooks with their parents at home to get more ideas.
Individually or in small groups, or even as a whole class the students complete the storybooks. (I gave mine 3 months in their spare time to complete for the competition, but if you are using these materials in class choose an appropriate amount of time to spend on the writing of the ending and, the most enjoyable part, the illustrations. Small group collaboration seems to be very motivating for students and helps build confidence to express themselves.)
*You can print the storybooks on various colored paper to give students a choice. I did mine as A5 sized stapled booklets with green and yellow covers to distinguish between the 2 versions for Sheep Number 7, and green, yellow and white for The Giraffe with No Neck.