Li’l Stories is a language arts framework for the elementary classroom that nurtures creative thinking, cooperative learning and digital literacy. Our child-centered approach uses visual, oral, and written storytelling to immerse learners in a creative writing process that can be adapted to multiple content areas. Students move fluidly between creating and telling stories to digitally capturing and sharing them. They love it, are engaged and learn to collaborate and express themselves.

Easy curriculum integration

Li’l Stories helps teachers reinforce classroom topics and reach multiple intelligences. Teachers can easily integrate our lesson plans and Li’l Stories Labs into existing curriculum units. Li’l Stories provides a flexible process for meeting language goals that can result in oral presentations, written narratives, puppet shows, story videos and stop-motion animations.

Target Skill areas

pre-writing and Writing

listening and oral language

Cooperative Learning and creative thinking

digital literacy

What teachers are saying about Li’l Stories

Engagement

“My students love creating stories, drawing and telling them. They are engaged and don’t even realize they are learning.”
—KELLY, 1st grade teacher, PS 3

Creative Thinking

“It helps students find their voice. They are working on how stories are put together. It helps them organize their thinking.”
—MAGNUS2nd and 3rd grade teacher, PS 3

Oral Language

“Telling stories helps kids overcome their shyness. They can use the visuals on the storyboard as talking points.”
—CHARLY, 2nd and 3rd grade teacher, PS 3

Impact

Reinforces Learning

Kids love creating and telling stories, and by building narratives around the subjects their teachers are covering in class, students are deepening their learning and making the ideas their own.

Empowers Children

Expressing their own ideas puts students in the driver seat.

Engages Different Types of Learners

Stories can be visual, written, spoken or even danced or performed, thus reaching students at different levels.

Fosters 21st Century Skills

Stories are easily created by students in pairs or groups, encouraging an environment where children must collaborate, articulate and communicate their ideas and think creatively.

Teaches Common Core Learning Standards

From English Language Arts (story structure, story elements, sequencing) to digital media and communication skills, the framework supports the learning goals of a variety of curricula.

Helps with Structure

Artists, designers and filmmakers often use storyboarding as a framework that provides structure for linear storytelling. Similarly, the act of storyboarding helps children structure their narratives and organize their thinking.

Getting Started

Li’l Stories is a natural fit for the classroom, designed to work with most curriculum units or to function as a standalone storytelling unit. Download our free starter kit or try one of our lesson plans to get started.

Li’l Stories Starter Kit

Ready to get started? Our free starter kit includes everything you need: Teacher’s Guide, Activity Ideas, Curriculum Map, and Storyboards for Grades K-2 and Grades 1-4. All you need is a printer, 11″ by 17″ sheets of paper and markers.

Li’l Stories Starter Kit

Li’l Stories Labs

Interested in us telling stories with your class? Schedule a Li’l Stories Lab: students engage in the collaborative process of creating and sharing a narrative. Our Labs are tied into a classroom’s curriculum and can have a variety of outcomes.

 Li’l Stories Labs

Lesson Plans

Our sample lesson plans utilize custom materials to guide students through a collaborative story creation process as it fosters critical thinking and analytical skills. The lessons are designed to be taught independently or integrated into an existing curriculum unit.

Lesson Plans

PD Workshops

Need more information? Schedule a Li’l Stories for Educators Workshop at your school. Our professional development workshops introduce classroom teachers and school staff to the Li’l Stories framework and approach to learning.

PD Workshops