- tape recorder and cassettes
OBJECTIVE: Children will develop language, literacy, and creative-thinking skills as they work together to develop oral stories.
IN ADVANCE: Share an oral story with children. Encourage them to close their eyes and imagine the characters/scenes as you tell the story. Afterward, invite children to discuss their own impressions of the story characters and settings.
1. Engage children in oral storytelling activities to develop their language and creative-thinking skills. Explain that you will start a story and they will each have a turn to contribute to it. Assist the group in creating an ending for each story.
2. Repeat the activity several times so children gain an understanding of the storytelling concept. Record the stories so children can listen to them afterwards. Include their recorded stories in the listening center.
3. You may want to use some of the ideas presented below as story starters:
Once upon a time, in a far away land, there lived...
A long time ago when our parents were very little they...
One Saturday, when none of the children were at school, a hamster and a guinea pig decided to go on an adventure...
One day a wizard with magical powers came to our school...
4. Once children become familiar with the concept of developing classroom oral stories, you can invite them to think of their own story starters. They can continue developing their stories as a class, work in small groups, or create individual stories.
5. Later, print children's stories as they create them. Invite other classes into your classroom so children can share their original stories. Children may also want to dramatize the stories they create and have a special "show time" for other children in the school.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: DRAMATIC PLAY
Show Time: Invite children to retell one of the stories. Encourage them to act out the different parts of the story using dramatic-play props or puppets. Provide them with art materials to make needed props or to create scenery for their play.
If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Joffe Numeroff (Laura Geringer, 2002; $15.99)
Miss Bindergarten Takes a Field Trip With Kindergarten by Joseph Slate (Dutton, 2001; $16.99)
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola (Aladdin, 1988; $6.95)