Over the past week or so, my students have been reading a text called “How Bad Could it Be?” This text is about two students, named Ben and Kevin, who like to teased another student, Truman. We are emphasizing Ben’s motivation for pulling the prank of pulling the chair out on Truman before he sat down. A lot of the motivation is tied to how it would impact his friendship with Kevin. Anyway, at the end of the story, once the prank has been done, Truman gets hurt and Ben volunteers to take him to the nurse. The story ends by having Ben use this opportunity to apologize. This ending left me with a lot of opportunities for interpretation. “Light-bulb: ON!”
I knew that I wanted to use Google Story Builder as a conversation piece, so I decided to have my students work on pairs to collaborate on a conversation between Ben and either his parents, Truman, or Kevin. The conversation that they were going to create on Google Story Builder were going to show Ben and one of the other characters having a conversation if the story were to continue.
There were some very important points that I thought students should know before they got started:
I started the lesson by showing a Google Story Builder that I made previously. Instantly, the students were excited, which made me overjoyed. I explained to them the directions, put them in pairs, and sent them to work. When the pair was completed with their conversation, students were to post them on Google Classroom to share with the rest of the class. This way students would have the opportunity to view others and comment on them.
Here are several of the Google Story Builders created by my very own 4th graders:
Carson and Jesse
Ume and Erin
Marisa and Mallory
Lorenzo and Katie
The kids LOVED this! They were so engaged and I loved that it was so easy for them to use! Once their story was created, they shared them with their classmates on Google Classroom.
How have you used Google Story Builder in your classroom??