My third graders walked in my class last week and squealed with excitement! Why? They saw our Lego Storymaker Kits out around the class. In groups of two to four students, they built a Story with settings such as a pet store, a restaurant, a park, an air port to name a few. They decided on a goal for their character or characters then devoted their time to creating three scenes. They managed to build a beginning, middle and end scene. I provided a graphic organizer for them to communicate their ideas for their collaborative stories on paper. Due to having 45 minutes maximum class time, they took apart their scenes but then rebuilt them during our second class time. In between our first and second classes, students worked on their graphic organizers in their home rooms. When they arrived for their second class, they logged into their Google Drive accounts on iPads and took individual pictures which will live in their Google Accounts until our third class when they will build a Google Slide presentation and type their story ideas.
I blogged about this last year, but found such passion with my students again as they worked together this year! The Lego Storymaker Kits inspired them to create interesting stories and promoted a way to write with a visible kind of prewriting. It felt more like we were playing in the Lab which sparked an amazing time of communication, collaboration and creativity! I decided to share pictures of where we are at this juncture. It is definitely a process!