- PreK-Grade 2
- Grades 3-5
- Grades 6-8
- English Learners
Why Should You Use Story Boards
Scaffolding English Language Learners
How To Use This Strategy
- Collect two copies of a book. Teachers use two copies of a picture book for the story boards; paperback copies are preferable because they're less expensive. In a few picture books, all illustrations are on right or left pages, so only one copy would be needed.
- Cut the books apart. Teachers remove the covers and separate the pages, evening out the cut edges. Sometimes teachers cut away any text that appears next to the illustrations, and at other times, they use the entire page because they want students to be able to examine the text as well as the illustrations.
- Attach the pages to pieces of cardboard. Teachers glue each page or double-page spread to a piece of cardboard, making sure that pages from each book are alternated so that all illustrations are included.
- Laminate the cards. Teachers laminate the cards so they can withstand use by students.
- Use the cards in sequencing activities. Teachers use the story board cards for a variety of activities, including sequencing, story structure, rereading, and word-study activities.
When To Use This Strategy
For chapter books, students can create their own story boards for each chapter. Students can divide into small groups, and each group work on a different chapter. They can then makes a poster with a detailed drawing illustrating events in the chapter. A paragraph length summary can also be added.
Common Core State 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.