In the video above is a little bit of why and how we are launching the story starters. The idea is that as teachers you can set a story starter for homework each week, to encourage children to write creatively and for pleasure. Homework often becomes a chore for both the child and the teacher and there is often little time in the school day to let children fully exploring their creative writing.
Obviously it is up to you how you use the story starters but here are a few ideas:
Just ask them to write a story. Fantastic! Children have fantastic imaginations and love stories as we found with our recent writing competition.
Ask them to write the story using some of the interesting vocabulary, but please be careful with this as we don’t want to stifle their creativity. The interesting vocabulary is not designed to be a spelling list as the story starters cover all ages and abilities.
Ask them to write a story one week and then edit it the next adding in certain vocabulary and grammar. Kids are always amazed when we go into school as authors and say it takes us a few days to write a story and weeks and weeks to edit it.
Use the story starters for a game of storytelling roulette. This is great for developing speaking skills. Each person in a circle tells part of the story. You point to the next person to continue the story. If someone can’t think of anything or are reluctant to speak just get them to say a word of two even if it’s ‘and then …’. There are more ideas on how to use storytelling roulette in the video.
For more writing tips please go to our Facebook page and in the photos you will see all the writing tips we released for our writing competition.
The latest installment in our superhero topic is Captain Brainpower and the Mighty Mean Machine. Our hero’s superpower is his brainpower. Which is the best superpower to have in my book. Captain Brainpower and Mojo Mouse end up at the rubbish dump after being abandoned. But Captain Brainpower is resourceful and uses the junk around him t make a plane to get them out.
We used our own brainpower to make our own junk planes from the story. We used plastic bottles, margarine tubs, milk carton tops and cardboard packets to make our planes. What do you think?
After retelling the story together we brainstormed some ideas of how characters turn on their superpowers; such as putting on clothing Nat Fantastic wears new pyjamas, Superfrog takes a big gulp of air and blows through his bottom to fly, a character could eat something particular or do a special dance. I’ll leave you to come up with your own ideas.
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Continuing our superhero theme with my reception group this week with a really fun story Supertato Veggies Assemble. This led us to make other superhero vegetables and retell and adapt the story of the supehero vegetables.
The children loved designing their superheroes. I cut out some superhero underpants out of felt and provided lots of materials and googly eyes.