Invite students or campers to help fly toy airplanes around a Campground of the Traveling Story.
Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!
Climb Aboard a Storytelling Plane – I found an old story about a dad’s experience camping in summertime years ago with his family.
His father loved to tell stories around a campfire, urging his young son to jump on board an imaginary airplane and add details to the story as it unfolded.
This old story sparked a new attentionology trick in my mind…
Invite students or campers to “play” with small toy airplanes and “hop on board a plane” in the Campground of the Traveling Story.
Teachers “fly” the largest plane. Kids pick smaller planes “to join the flight team.”
- Hold up your plane and start the storytelling journey. Then call out to one child at a time, identifying the child by his or her airplane color, and instruct the child to take the story further.
- You might say, “Red Leader to Blue Beamer, pick up the story and travel on!” The student holding the smaller blue airplane will start speaking, and on goes the fictional story.
- Kids love racing cars around tracks too.
- Start Your Cars For Storytelling – Give kids inexpensive toy cars to help them master the use of exciting verbs in storytelling.
Encourage kids to use cool verbs, action words, that ZIP across the page like cars around a track!
- Encourage use of power verbs in their storytelling aloud and in their writing – verbs that “zip” across the page, like cars race around a track.
- Introduce this concept by pretending to “race” a “hot rod” across notebook paper in front of your class.
- Say a phrase or full sentence about any subject aloud with at least one “power verb” like “dash, flash, zip.” Kids will enjoy the racing car connection.
- Ask the class to say your phrases or sentences back to you.
Invite students to choose new subjects to talk/write about and take turns pretending to race their cars saying power verbs aloud that suit their subjects.
- Drive on to a baseball game!