Sunday, April 17, 2011

Story Element Wind Vanes

We've been working on story elements for most of the year. But it's nice to review them every now and then. A colleague and great friend of mine, Mrs. Thompson, came up with a wonderful idea for our students to visually work with the story elements of a book. We made story element wind vanes!!

  • My class enjoys reading 'Ready Freddy' books this year. So we decided to read Ready Freddy: Easter Egg Hunt by Abby Klein. 

  • After reading and discussing the many parts of the story, the students drew a picture of their favorite part of the story on a large piece of card-stock paper. 
  • Then we wrote the story elements on strips of paper. The story elements that we included on this project were...
      • Title
      • Author
      • Characters
      • Setting
      • Problem
      • Solution

This was a quick and easy lesson to review a very important concept for first graders.  Plus, all the students really enjoyed making them!

Has anyone used wind vanes to cover a different concept? Leave a comment if you have any great ideas!!


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Tina said...

Great way to review story elements! Thanks!

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