Story Elements Activities with Google Slides™ Digital Activities

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This story elements resource includes several resources for introducing, teaching, and extending story element skills for 4th and 5th grade.

NOTE: This resource now has Google Slides™ versions for many of the resources, making it ideal for digital distance learning and remote teaching! Please see the 3rd page of the PDF for details and the links.

Since this resource spans 4th and 5th grade, you will notice that it contains a variety of resources for different story elements and varying text levels and lengths.

**For a resource that focuses solely on comparing and contrasting story elements, click here.

Click here to check out my Reading Units Bundle for 4th and 5th Grade that includes this resource and TEN other resources.

The following resources for teaching story elements are included:

1. Posters/Anchor Charts **Also Available in Google Slides**

2. Graphic Organizers/Foldable Templates **Graphic Organizers Available in Google Slides**

4. Mentor Text Suggestions

5. Two Sets of Passages (see more about the passages below) **Also Available in Google Slides**

6. Four activities for practicing story elements including 16 half-page task cards **Task Cards Available in Google Slides**

Resources for the following skills are included:

•Describing Characters

•Character Motivation

•Character Traits

•Character Response to Challenge

•Describing Setting

•Effects of Setting on Plot

•Effects of Setting on Character(s)

•Problem and Solution

•Challenge and Outcome

•Plot Structure

The resource also touches briefly on comparing and contrasting story elements but not extensively. I plan on creating a new resource specifically for this skill in 2019.

The passages in Set 2 (more about this below) includes printables to allow you to review the following skill (this is not necessary and is an add-on):


•Point of View



•Figurative Language

About the Passages:

There are two sets of passages in this resource. Use both sets or pick and choose the ones that help your students the most.

Set 1: This set includes 10 mentor texts written for these specific story element skills:

1. Describing Characters

2. Character Motivation

3. Character Traits

4. Character Response to Challenge

5. Describing Setting

6. Effects of Setting on Plot

7. Effects of Setting on Character(s)

8. Problem and Solution

9. Challenge and Outcome

10. Plot Structure

This set works well for introducing specific skills, for mini-lessons, re-teaching groups, or very specific skill practice.

Set 2: This set includes six longer in length passages. Each passage includes a summary prompt and a “Basic Story Elements” questions printable that reviews characters, setting, and plot. Each passage also includes 1-3 other printables with other story elements that are found in the story.

Digital Story Element Resources

The following activities have been converted to digital versions for your use as well. The digital versions are available for use with Google Slides. See the preview video for more details.

  • Story Element Posters
  • Story Element Review Activity
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Passages (Two Sets)
  • Task Cards

For more detailed resources on theme and point of view, check out these:

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