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Getting Started – Brainstorming and Planning

Logo: Storysack Brainstorming

  1. Is the book appropriate (guidelines to follow)
  2. Deciding on main characters – how will you represent them? (stuffed animals, knitted animals, masks, costume pieces, finger puppets, etc.)
  3. Deciding on backdrop or mat
    • What is a reasonable way to do this? What will it look like? How many will you make?
  4. Making a game
    • What will it look like? What skills do you hope to reinforce?
  5. Making a prompt card – You can use the prompt card template
    • Understanding the story: (Questions for comprehension)
    • Word Fun: (Ideas for playing with the words in the story)
    • Let’s look at the pictures: (Questions and ideas for examining the illustrations)
    • Things to Do: (Extension ideas)

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Storysack Planning Sheet

Book:  
 
Main Characters Who will do it?
   
   
   
   
Props Who will do it?
   
   
   
Scenery Who will do it?
   
   
   
Non-fiction Book Who will do it?
   
   
   
Audio Tape Who will do it?
   
   
   
Game Who will do it?
   
   
   
Parent Prompt Ideas Who will do it?
   
   
   

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Making a Prompt Card

Here is an example of the prompt card for a book called "Peter's Moccasins"

Contents

  • Child’s fiction book: Peter’s Moccasins
  • Non-fiction book relating to the story: Let’s Go Trapping
  • Main characters and props:
  • Audio Tape of the Story
  • Game
  • Pattern for making paper moccasins
  • Backdrop scenes for the story
  • Parent prompt

Comprehension

  • How is Peter feeling when he goes to school?
  • Peter’s Grandfather, Uncle and Father are going hunting. What animal are they going hunting for?
  • What did Peter have for lunch in his backpack?
  • What did Ann and Vincent Flathead bring for show and tell? Why didn’t Peter want to show his moccasins for show and tell?
  • Why did Peter wear his moccasins out at recess time?

Illustrations

  • Look through the story and see how many times you can find the moose hiding.

Word Fun

  • What do you think the word “hai-hai” means?
  • What are other words/names for moccasins?
  • What name do you use to call your Grandmother, Grandfather, Aunt, Uncle, Mom, Dad?

Game

  • Matching Game - Match pairs of moccasins.
  • Memory Game - Matching Footwear - Find pairs of matching footwear

Activities

  • Make a pair of paper moccasins.
  • Draw pictures showing the different ways we use animals.
  • Make a list of things that Grandparents do for you, and then write a thank you letter for those things.
  • Make bannock.
  • Have a “show and tell”. Have you child pick something that is important to them and tell the rest of the family about it.

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Making a Checklist

blank photoHere is an example of the checklist for a book called "Peter's Moccasins"

  • Child’s fiction book: Peter’s Moccasins
  • Non-fiction book relating to the story: Let’s Go Trapping and Let’s Go Hunting
  • Main characters
    • Peter
    • Ann
  • Props
    • Backpack
    • Moccasins
    • Shoes
    • Rabbit skin
    • Truck
    • Moose
  • Backdrop scenes for the story - 2
  • Audio Tape of the Story
  • Game – Matching Game
  • Pattern for making paper moccasins
  • Parent prompt card

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