Easy curriculum integration
Target Skill areas
pre-writing and Writing
listening and oral language
Cooperative Learning and creative thinking
What teachers are saying about Li’l Stories
“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
“It helps students find their voice. They are working on how stories are put together. It helps them organize their thinking.”
—MAGNUS, 2nd and 3rd grade teacher, PS 3
“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
Benefits of Storytelling
By building narratives around academic content, students deepen their learning and make the ideas their own. Getting to play with content in this manner helps students make personal connections to new material, leading to greater transference of knowledge and skills to new contexts.
Storytelling encourages students to think creatively about academic content and contribute new ideas to the learning process. With enough practice, innovative thinking becomes the mindset with which students approach all learning and problem-solving.
Encourages Critical Thinking
The storyboarding process teaches students to organize their ideas in logical structures. In using academic content as the building blocks for creative narratives, students analyze and break apart new material into digestible components, then rebuild knowledge in ways that feel logical and personally relevant.
Builds Communication Skills
Storytelling allows students to express their ideas about academic content in creative ways. The story creation process invites students to contribute ideas and provides tools for organizing their thinking. The storytelling process helps students build oral presentation skills while also teaching active listening through peer feedback. Students can also build digital literacy skills by creating and sharing stories through the Li’l Stories App or programs like iMovie.
Makes Learning Collaborative
The Li’l Stories process is collaborative by design. By building collective narratives in pairs or small groups, students develop communication skills, navigate conflict, and learn how to combine and build on one another’s ideas. When students share their stories, they learn to give and receive critical feedback.
Engages All Learners
Storytelling creates more entry points into academic content by reaching multiple intelligences. The Li’l Stories story creation process involves listening, watching, reading, discussion, drawing, organizing, writing, and oral presentation, engaging nearly every learning style and making content accessible to English Language Learners as well as learners with special needs.
Li’l Stories Toolkit
Ready to get started? Our Li’l Stories Toolkit for Educators includes everything you need to bring Li’l Stories to your classroom: Introduction to Li’l Stories, teacher’s guide, strategy guides, storyboards, story cubes, and a unit planning tool. All you need is a printer, 11” by 17” sheets of paper and markers.
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 Project Plans
One of the easiest ways to launch Li’l Stories in your classroom is by using one of our ready-made downloadable units. These storytelling units include 4-6 hours of Common Core-aligned content. While the subject matter varies, each unit guides students through storyboarding and storytelling activities, culminating in a final story product.
Webinars and Workshops
Need more information? Check out our case study and webinar section in the Li’l Stories Resource Library. Or schedule a remote Li’l Stories for Educators Workshop for your school. Our professional development workshops introduce classroom teachers to the Li’l Stories framework and approach to learning.