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Picture Story Scroll

Have fun with reading comprehension! Tell the events of a story through original drawings.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Kindergarten
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Cut white paper lengthwise to create two long strips. Glue the strips together to create a long piece of paper. Allow the glue to dry.
    2. Glue the edges of the white paper to construction paper. Allow the glue to dry.
    3. Roll the construction paper and glue the edge of the roll to the white paper. Allow the glue to dry overnight.
    4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have enough “scrolls” for your entire class.
    5. Give each student a pre-made “scroll” and a set of Crayola® Classic Crayons.
    6. Instruct the students to draw pictures that represent the order of events in any story recently read aloud in class.
    7. Help the students roll the edges of their scroll in toward the center to finish their work.
    8. Once the students’ work is complete, ask them to find a partner. Can they correctly identify the story that inspired their partner’s work? Provide class time for discussions.
  • Standards

    LA: Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

    LA: Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.

    LA: Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

    VA: Engage in collaborative imaginative play with materials.

    VA: Observe and investigate to make a work of art or design.

  • Adaptations

    Rather than a self-selected story, all students could be assigned the same story. Ask students to independently illustrate the story. Compare and contrast understandings of the events and illustrations.

    Add gold paint to the back of the scroll to give it a regal finish!

    Allow the students to create a depiction of a real story in their life. Ask them to tell the story aloud to the class by showing their pictures and talking about them.

    Reverse the process. Ask students to create illustrations that tell a story. Then have small groups of students collaborate to write the story to be accompanied by the scroll.

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