Using Storia Enrichment Features
Tips for using the extremely popular and highly motivating interactive activities in Storia's enriched e-books
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
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Scholastic offers two types of Storia books: regular e-books and enriched e-books. Both types include Storia’s reading tools: the read-to-me and audio dictionary features in picture books and leveled readers; the highlighter and notes feature in chapter books; the drawing tool in picture books and leveled readers; and the Storia dictionary.
In addition to all of those features and tools, the enriched e-books, which are extremely popular and highly motivating for students, offer unique interactive activities customized for each book. The enrichment activities are designed to build readers’ familiarity with the text, to build background, and to encourage engagement and retention.
Enriched e-books are identified by a lightning bolt icon. Later in this article, you will find a detailed summary of the enrichment activities in Storia enriched e-books.
- Turn enrichments on and off. If you want to turn off the enrichment activities—for example, when you are reading an e-book aloud to your class and don't want them distracted by the activities—do that in the "Teacher Settings" tab in each bookshelf. (You cannot turn off the interactive activities for each book, only for each bookshelf.) When you turn off the enrichment activities, the lightning bolt icon will disappear.
- Set time limits. To ensure that your students spend most of their independent reading time reading, set limits on the number of activities they access or the amount of time they can spend using the enriched activities.
- Use enriched activities for self-assessment. Let students know that certain interactive comprehension activities, such as “Who Said It?” and “Did You Know?,” are great ways to self-assess their understanding. Point out that if they need to guess answers or if they find they are consistently answering incorrectly, the book may be too difficult for independent reading. Used this way, the interactive features can help your students become more reflective readers.
- Follow routines. Students understandably become excited when a lightning bolt icon appears on a page and they may want to do the interactive activity immediately. This may interrupt the flow of their reading and hamper their comprehension. Model for students when they should interact with each activity.
- Demonstrate that they should finish their sentence or paragraph before tapping the lightning bolt.
- Then show them how, after they've completed the activity, they should reread the page as a way to get back into the story.
- Modeling, practicing, and checking that students are following this routine will ensure that interactive activities help boost students’ engagement and comprehension.
Managing Activities for Younger Readers
- Although the enrichment activities are designed to be self-explanatory, you may wish to demonstrate them to younger children. Project an enriched e-book and work through each of the interactive activities as they appear.
- Enriched books for younger readers (picture books and leveled readers) come with read-aloud instructions for the interactive activities. Students do not need to be able to read the activities to participate in them.
Managing Activities for Older Readers
- The interactive activities in enriched chapter e-books generally match the reading level of the e-book. Students must read the directions before beginning the activity.
- Click the lightning bolt icon in the e-book’s bottom menu to see a list of all of the activities in an enriched chapter e-book so you can tell your students which activities you would like them to use.
“I used to turn off the interactive activities for my enriched e-books before reading the books to my students. I didn’t want the activities to detract from the focus on the lesson. Recently, I decided to leave the interactive activities turned on and just not click on the lightning bolt buttons during my lesson. I think it is important that I model to my students that doing the interactive activities is a choice—and I am choosing not to do the activity right now. Yes, some of my students groan when we skip the activities, but I point out that this is all the more incentive to reread the book independently.”
Storia’s enrichment activities make for an engaging, ready-made literacy center activity for younger students. Choose an enriched e-book or a choice of e-books for the center. Then have students work with a partner, together in a small group on a shared device, or independently on their own devices. Groups of students can use the Storia Literacy Center Tracker (PDF) to record their literacy center activities and favorites.
- Use headphones. Many teachers find that when a small group of students is gathered around one device with the volume at a low level, the other classroom literacy centers aren't disrupted. But you can also use a headphone splitter or multiple-headphone jack so everyone using a device can hear the audio without students playing it aloud.
- Take turns. Discuss and model how to take turns using the interactive activities. Show students how to discuss the activity as a group, so one student does not dominate. You may want students to rotate the responsibility of touching the screen or answering questions.
- Match reading levels. Storia enrichment activities are leveled to match the level of the e-books they’re a part of. You may wish to group students at similar reading levels into a literacy center in which they’ll encounter both an e-book and a set of interactive activities at the right level.
- Use read-to-me. Storia e-books come with read-aloud capability, which enables students to access and comprehend e-books at a slightly higher reading level.
“One of my very mathematically inclined students chose to do an enrichment project in which he read the enriched e-books and then tallied the types and frequency of interactive activities in our collection of enriched picture e-books. He graphed his findings and presented them to the class. For a student who is not very enthusiastic about reading, this was a great way to get him excited about reading e-books.”
There are 13 types of activities for picture books and leveled readers. When appropriate, the activities and answer choices are read aloud to the student, and verbal feedback is provided when the student completes the activity. Students can press the blue audio icon on the top right corner of the activity box if they want to hear the directions again.
The 13 Types of Activities
Scratch & See
Students guess the e-book's hidden illustration before it is fully revealed. This activity encourages students to pay close attention to the illustrations (close reading), which is a good way to practice retention and enhance comprehension of picture books.
Students match three words with corresponding illustrations from the e-book. As the student drags a word to a picture, the word is spoken aloud. If a student incorrectly matches a word, the word is read, and the student is prompted to try again. This activity builds basic word recognition and image–word associations for young readers. The activity also reinforces vocabulary words for higher-level books. This activity is especially useful for English language learners.
Students tap illustrations that begin with a specific letter. This makes a great activity for emergent readers and a good review for more confident beginning readers by reinforcing phonemic awareness using authentic vocabulary from the e-book.
Students drag three illustrations from the e-book to show the order of events in the book. For simpler books, the images often represent beginning, middle, and end. For the more advanced leveled readers, the sequencing images often focus on one event from the story. To extend this activity, ask your students to write a sentence (or for younger students, a few words) describing each illustration.
Touch the Page
Students touch the part of the illustration on the page that answers a question related to the e-book. This activity builds a student’s visual literacy—their ability to understand and interpret information conveyed through images.
Students put the puzzle pieces together to make an illustration from the book. Not only is this activity fun, but it also builds spatial awareness, visual sequencing skills, and deductive thinking.
Multiple-Choice With Pictures
Students answer questions about the e-book by choosing from three illustrations from the book. This activity introduces young students to the practice of answering questions about a text. It also gives them practice in making inferences.
Multiple-Choice With Text
Students answer questions about the e-book by choosing from three choices. Both the question and the answer choices are read aloud. These questions are primarily literal and require students to recall facts or details from the book. This activity encourages students to remember details from the text.
Students match pairs of e-book illustrations with the text label. This activity builds a sight word vocabulary and reinforces content retention.
Students watch a short video that extends the content of the e-book. These videos build background and extend the learning of nonfiction content. They also contextualize and personalize the information in the book.
Students draw their own creative response to the e-book with this open-ended coloring book activity. Students can save their images as photos to the photo gallery on your device.
A classic kid-favorite. Students look through the rows of letters to find hidden words related to the e-book. The vocabulary words are first read aloud and then repeated each time the student finds one of the words in the puzzle.
In this upbeat variation of a classic game, students guess the letters that spell out a specific vocabulary word or phrase from the e-book. Correct letters help Word Bird float; incorrect letters pop Word Bird’s balloons.
There are eight different activity types for enriched chapter e-books. Some of the activities are geared toward monitoring comprehension and helping students become more reflective as they read. Others help keep students motivated with fun games and puzzles. In the enriched chapter books, you can preview all of the activities using the lightning bolt icon from the menu.
The 8 Types of Activities
Students are challenged to make as many three- through seven-letter words as possible, using the letters in a phrase from the e-book. The number of possible words is listed. (Did you know that you can make 11 five-letter words with the letters in the phrase BOAT DECK?) You may want to have students time this activity: “How many words can you make in three minutes?”
Who Said It?
Students match memorable quotes from the e-book to the characters who said them. This encourages students to pay close attention to dialogue. Remind students to infer who said what rather than trying to memorize dialogue.
Do You Know? Quiz
Students answer five multiple-choice questions about the e-book for this challenge. After answering the questions, they receive their score and either a book-themed commendation or critique.
Suggest that students use the Do You Know? activity to self-monitor their literal comprehension of the books they read. You may want to share a chart like the one shown here with your class and ask them to re-read the book if they receive a score of 3/5 or lower.
About You Quiz
Students answer a short selection of personal opinion questions to create a personalized recommendation or insight. Not only will this hook your readers, it will also help them build personal connections to their reading.
Students watch a short video related to the e-book. The videos include interviews with a book’s author or illustrator, additional background information about a book, and more. This enriched activity helps students create deeper connections with their reading.
“Meet the Author”
Students learn more about the authors of their books with questionnaires and interviews created exclusively for Storia. Learning the inside scoop about authors enhances students’ reading experience and builds their general book literacy.
Did You Know?
Students learn more background information that supports the e-book with nonfiction “posters” relating to a book’s story or theme. This activity addresses the Common Core imperative to pair fiction with nonfiction. "Did You Know?" facts help build a student’s schema about a book topic and may provide suggestions for further research to support a student’s content knowledge.
Students crack the code of scrambled letters to spell a word or phrase from the story. This activity includes questions about vocabulary and comprehension.