Storytelling Pictures

Storytelling Pictures lesson plan

Follow-up a book or flannel board story by asking students to paint their impressions of characters, plot, setting, or any idea that captivates them.

  • 1.

    Read a story to the class, perhaps one that is connected to a science or social studies unit of study. For example, if students are investigating bugs, read Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by David Soman. This books also makes good connections with friendship and compromise.

  • 2.

    After the story, invite children to paint an original illustration of something they have taken away from the reading experience. This may be the creation of another bug person to join the children's group at the park, what their parks look like, etc. Ask students to put on their Crayola® Art Smocks and cover work space with recycled newspaper.

  • 3.

    Provide students with Crayola Washable Tempera Paint, Brushes, and large pieces of white construction paper. Before the painting begins, have students repeat their understanding of what their assignment is: create their impressions of one or more of the characters from the story, a scene from the story, their take on what will come next in the story, etc. Allow artwork to dry overnight.

  • 4.

    Return dried artwork to students. Ask they to put their names on their work, as well as any words they wish to use in describing their work. This can be done using Crayola Washable Markers.

  • 5.

    Provide time in the school day for students to share their artwork scenes in small groups. Encourage students to speak clearly about the ideas they illustrated.


  • LA: With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
  • LA: Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.
  • LA: Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
  • VA: Students will initiate making works of art and design by experimenting, imagining and identifying content.


  • Extend this experience by asking students to compose an original experience for the bug children. Where did they go? What problem did they encounter? How did they overcome the problem? Have an adult note student contributions to the story on a classroom white board. Provide time for students to revise their story as needed and share with other classmates.