#43 - Story Boards

By: Bailey Boline

Grade Level

Aimed towards lower level grades K-2, but can be modified to higher level instruction.

What is a Story Board?

Story boards are cards or posters which illustrations or pages from a picture book are attached to represent a time or event in the story. Each student will be given a card and the class can either stand and line up in sequential order, or the teacher can set up a board for the students to place their cards in sequential order.

How to make a story board:

1. Collect two copies of a picture book.

2. Cut the books apart:

  • Some teachers will cut all of the text off of a page so that it only has the pictures, this would be a good idea if you want your students to examine text as well as the illustrations.
3. Attach pages to a poster board or stronger background.

4. Laminate the cards in order to withstand use by students and last for many years.

5. Use the cards in activities with students:

  • Sequencing
  • Story Structure
  • Rereading
  • Word-Study

Why use story boards?

  • Story boards allow students to manipulate and sequence stories by examining illustrations and sometimes text. Using story boards during a story is aimed to teach and practice comprehension skills.
  • Story boards can also be used with older grades reading chapter books. The students would instead draw their own pictures following the events in the plot of the story.
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Common Core Standards

Story boards connect with the following Common Core Standards:

  • Students make connections between the text of a story and its illustrations.
  • Students describe a character, setting, or event, drawing on specific details in the text.
  • Students identify the theme and other elements of story structure.

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