Li’l Stories prepares children to be thinkers, problem solvers and innovators: We run storytelling programs at public elementary schools throughout New York City. Our language arts framework uses visual, spoken, and written storytelling to immerse learners in a creative writing process. The program can have a variety of outcomes, from oral presentations to written narratives and story videos. Our Labs reinforce classroom topics and nurture creative thinking, cooperative learning and digital literacy. Students love it and learn to work together and express themselves. Contact us to learn about our pricing or to schedule a lab at your school or organization.

Li’l Stories Lab: The Tiny Seed

GRADES K TO 2, 5 class storytelling unit, conducted over the course of 1 week

The Lab introduces students to the flower cycle through the lens of Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed. Students will sequence a retell of the story highlighting the major stages of plant growth and create original stories based on the characters or settings in the story.

Team 211 retells The Tiny Seed

Li’l Stories Lab: Sight Word Stories

GRADES K TO 3, 5 class storytelling unit, conducted over the course of 1 week

The Lab gives students the opportunity to acquire and practice sight words or high frequency words in the context of story creation. Students will collaboratively structure a visual story utilizing different words from the word bank given and share their stories.

Team 211’s Sight Word Stories

Li’l Stories Lab: Animal Study

GRADES K TO 2, 5 class storytelling unit, conducted over the course of 1 week

The Lab gives students an opportunity to create fictional animal stories while integrating real facts they have gathered from research. Students will structure a visual story and engage in the collaborative process of researching a topic, creating and sharing a narrative.

Team 306 tells animal stories

Li’l Stories Lab: Pourquoi Tales

GRADES 2 to 4, 5 class storytelling unit, conducted over the course of 1 week

The Lab introduces students to a specific story structure, pourquoi tales. Within the context of a Native American study, students will sequence a retell
of a pourquoi tale, collaboratively construct original pourquoi tales and share them with the class.

Team 303 tells Pourquoi Tales

Li’l Stories Lab: Biographical Stories

GRADES 2 to 4, 5 class storytelling unit, conducted over the course of 1 week

The Lab gives students an opportunity to create short biographical stories while incorporating facts they have gathered from research. Students will structure a visual story and engage in the collaborative process of researching a topic, creating and sharing a narrative surrounding a famous person.

Li’l Stories Lab: Fairy Tales

GRADES 2 to 4, 5 class storytelling unit, conducted over the course of 1 week

The Lab introduces students to a specific story structure, fairy tales. Within the context of a fiction writing study, students will sequence an adaptation of The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson, and collaboratively construct original fairy tales.

Team 406 tells Fairy Tales

Li’l Stories Labs at P.S. 3

Li’l Stories has been collaborating with P.S. 3 since 2014. Classes across the school have been using Li’l Stories for different curriculum units and learning goals.

Team 211 tells Elephant Stories

K class, school year 2017-2018

Team 211 participated in the Li’l Stories Lab: Elephant Stories, where they researched elephants and created fictional elephant stories incorporating the facts they had learned. Students studied elephants, learned new vocabulary, and practiced collaborating with friends.

Check out Team 211’s elephant stories

Team 406 tells Fairy Tales

2nd and 3rd grade class, school year 2017-2018

Team 406 participated in a week-long Li’l Stories Lab, where they collaborated, created, captured, and shared stories. They retold the The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen and had a lot of fun creating their own fairy tales. Students practiced critical thinking, communication and collaborating.

Check out Team 406’s fairy tales

Team 204 tells Caterpillar Stories

K class, school year 2017-2018

Team 204 participated in a 4 day  long Li’l Stories Lab, where they had a lot of fun retelling The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and creating original stories based on the character of the book. Students learned about the basic insect life-cycle, story elements and sequencing, and shared their stories with their friends.

Check out Team 204’s caterpillar stories

Team 211 tells Caterpillar Stories

K class, school year 2017-2018

Team 211 participated in a 4 day  long Li’l Stories Lab, where they had a lot of fun retelling The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and creating original stories based on the character of the book. Students learned about the basic insect life-cycle, story elements and sequencing, and practiced collaborating with friends.

Check out Team 211’s caterpillar stories

Team 303 tells Pourquoi Tales

2nd and 3rd grade class, school year 2016-2017

Team 303 participated in a 1 week long Li’l Stories Lab, where they collaborated, created, captured, and shared stories. They retold the Ojibwa Legend “How the Beaver got his tale” and had a lot of fun creating their own pourquoi tales. Students practiced critical thinking, communication and collaborating.

Check out Team 303’s pourquoi tales

Team 306 tells Animal Stories

1st grade class, school year 2016-2017

Team 306 participated in a 1 week long Li’l Stories Lab, where they collaborated, created, captured, and shared storiesThey had a lot of fun researching an animal and creating animal stories incorporating the facts they had gathered from their research. Students studied elephants, lions, meerkats, or monkeys

Check out Team 306’s animal stories

Team 211 tells Sight Word Stories

K class, school year 2016-2017

Team 211 participated in a 3 day long Li’l Stories Lab, where they collaborated, created, captured, and shared storiesThey had a lot of fun practicing sight words or high frequency words in the context of story creation. Students captured their stories and shared their stories with their friends.

Check out Team 211’s sight word stories

Team 211 tells Animal stories

K class, school year 2016-2017

Team 211 participated in a 1 week long Li’l Stories Lab, where they collaborated, created, captured, and shared stories. Students researched an animal (Elephant, Lion, and Monkey) and created animal stories incorporating the facts they had gathered from their research. Students captured their stories through image and audio and shared their stories with their friends in class.

Check out Team 211’s animal stories

Team 211 retells The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

K class, school year 2016-2017

Team 211 participated in a 6 week long Li’l Stories Lab, where they collaborated, created, captured, and shared stories. Students retold a story by Eric Carle (The Tiny Seed, The Hungry Caterpillar, and The Greedy Python) and created original stories inspired by the book’s characters or events. They captured their stories using our Li’l Stories app and presented their stories to the class.

Check out Team 211’s stories

Team 211 captures Weekend News stories

K class, school year 2015-2016

Team 211 tested our Li’l Stories app. Students learned that if they wanted to share their drawings and other artifacts with friends online, they had to turn them into digital artifacts first. They used the Li’l Stories app to capture the weekend news stories they “wrote” earlier in the week: they took a photo of their drawing and then recorded their story. They were very excited to share their weekend news stories with their parents.

Check out Team 211’s Weekend News stories

Team 405 tells Pourquoi Tales

2/3 grade class, school year 2014-2015

Magnus Sweger used the Li’l Stories framework for the Native American/pourquoi tale unit: Students created their own pourquoi tales. Students learned how to storyboard, edit, tell stories to friends and turn their stories into readers theater dialogues. Magnus wrapped up the unit with a publishing party, where students shared their stories with parents and friends. Magnus’ feedback on Li’l Stories: “It helps students find their voice. They are working on how stories are put together. It helps them organize their thinking.”

Check out Team 405’s Pourquoi Tales

Team 211 tells stories

1st grade class, school year 2014-2015

Kelly Rosenblum has been a huge supporter of Li’l Stories. When we just started out in late 2014, she was open to “prototyping” Li’l Stories with her kids. We lead a series of storytelling workshops from November to January that taught students about collaboration, story elements like character and setting as well as visual and oral storytelling. Kelly’s feedback on Li’l Stories: “My students loved creating stories, drawing and telling them. They were engaged and didn’t even realize they are learning.”

Check out Team 211’s stories

Li’l Stories Labs at P.S. 359

Li’l Stories started working with P.S. 359 in the 2017-18 school year. Kindergarten, 1st and 4th Grade classes have been using Li’l Stories for different curriculum units and learning goals.

4th graders develop original immigration stories

4th Grade, school year 2017-2018

4th Grade classes participated in a week-long Li’l Stories Lab, where they integrated their knowledge of early immigrant lives in New York City into original immigration stories. Students planned their stories using a Li’l Stories storyboard and then converted them into an accordion-style collage book.

Check out 4th Graders’ stories

1st graders create original stories based on Roald Dahl’s Magic Finger

1st Grade, school year 2017-2018

In a week-long Li’l Stories Lab, 1st graders collaborated, created, captured, and shared stories. They retold Roald Dahl’s Magic Finger and used the central themes from the book to produce their own original stories. Students also produced a written narrative that expanded upon their visual stories.

Check out 1st Graders’ stories

Kindergarteners predict the ending of Judy Blume’s Freckle Juice

Kindergarten, school year 2017-2018

Kindergarten classes participated in a week-long Li’l Stories Lab, where they had a lot of fun retelling the first two chapters they had read in Judy Blume’s Freckle Juice and predicting alternate endings for the text. Students created, captured, and shared stories and practiced collaborating with friends.

Check out Kindergarteners’ predictions

Li’l Stories Labs at P.S. 43

Li’l Stories has been collaborating with P.S. 43 since 2017. 1st and 2nd Grade classes have been using Li’l Stories for different curriculum units and learning goals.

2nd Graders tell fairy tales

2nd grade classes, school year 2017-2018

2nd graders participated in a week-long Li’l Stories Lab, where they created, captured, and shared stories. They retold the The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen and had a lot of fun creating their own fairy tales. Students practiced critical thinking, communication and working together with friends.

Students’ fairy tales

1st Graders tell elephant stories

1st grade classes, school year 2017-2018

1st grade classes participated in a week-long Li’l Stories Lab, where they had a lot of fun creating fictional elephant stories while incorporating real facts they had learned. Students engaged in the collaborative process of researching a topic, and creating and sharing a narrative. They learned new vocabulary and practiced collaborating with friends.

Students’ elephant stories

1st Graders tell caterpillar stories

1st grade classes, school year 2017-2018

1st Graders at P.S. 43 participated in a 1 week long Li’l Stories Lab, where they had a lot of fun retelling The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and creating original stories based on the character of the book. Students learned about story elements and sequencing, practiced critical thinking, communication and collaborating with friends.

Students’ caterpillar stories

2nd Graders tell animal stories

2nd grade classes, school year 2017-2018

2nd Graders at P.S. 43 participated in a 1 week long Li’l Stories Lab, where they collaborated, created, captured, and shared storiesThey had a lot of fun researching an animal and creating animal stories incorporating the facts they had gathered from their research. Students studied elephants, lions, meerkats, or monkeys.

Students’ animal stories

Collaborations with the Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA)

Li’l Stories has been collaborating with CMA since early 2015. CMA is using the Li’l Stories tools in different ways—as brainstorming and planning tools in various art classes as well as custom activities.

Art Stories

Self-guided activity, March – August 2016

“Art Stories” is a visual storytelling project that allows children to create their own stories inspired by artworks on view at CMA, and share them with friends, family, and the public. Children will look at artwork on view at the museum; make their own visual storyboards to tell a tale inspired by what they see; capture their stories through image and audio in the Media Lab and share their creations through presentations of selected stories on social media and documentation online.

Girl Stories

March 2015

Emily Collins, the teacher of Girl Stories—a free program for girls ages 12-15, who are interested in telling their stories through filmmaking, animation, and comics—used a custom version of the Li’l Stories storyboard for the brainstorming and planning phase of a collaborative animation project. The girls created an “I remember …” poem, consisting of 12 sentences with each girl contributing one “I remember …” line. They used the boards to plan their scenes and materials. Then they created animations of their poems based on their storyboards.

Puppet Stories

February 2015

In the art colony Puppets on Film, Katya Buslo used the Li’l Stories framework to introduce her students to collaborative storytelling. Students brainstormed and planned in groups of 3-4 kids the story of their puppet films.

More about the Puppets on Film art colony on CMA’s blog.

Other Collaborations and Labs

Li’l Stories runs labs throughout the year at conferences and in schools. We collaborate with teachers and create custom materials for their specific curriculum needs.

Li’l Stories at P.S. 261’s Arts Day

1st grade class, school year 2016-2017

On March 10th, 2017, Li’l Stories participated in P.S. 261’s Arts Day, a day-long, school-wide celebration of the arts with hands-on workshops presented by a working artist, arts assemblies and a school-wide arts project. We worked with 1st grade class 210: in groups of two, students created original stories inspired by the characters of the book Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst and shared their stories with the class.

Check out Class 210’s stories

Story adaptation for shadow puppetry residency with ArtsConnection

2nd grade classes, school year 2015-2016

Li’l Stories collaborated with teaching artist Rima Fand, who is using a custom version of the Li’l Stories storyboards as part of BRIDGES, an ArtsConnection residency exploring literacy through puppetry with early childhood in 2nd grade classes at PS 153Q.

In BRIDGES, students created adaptations of the Chinese folktale “The Fourth Question” to be performed as shadow puppet plays. Each small group of students created an original scene in the story, for which they created puppet characters, props, and scenery, and which they eventually performed before an audience of students and parents. Rima said: ” The storyboards were a wonderful tool for the students, in particular the English language learners, to be able to map out their story ideas in sequence, and to be able to visualize the characters and settings.” Teachers later went on to use the storyboards in their literacy unit on “Charlotte’s Web.”

Check out PS 153Q’s storyboards

Li’l Stories at the Play and Learn Children’s Festival

Brooklyn School Alternatives Conference 2016

On June 5th, 2016, Li’l Stories facilitated one of the activity tables at the Play and Learn Children’s Festival—an interactive event with a wide range of engaging learning experiences and playful activities for kids attending the Brooklyn School Alternatives Conference. Children had lots of fun creating and sharing stories inspired by their favorite characters.

Check out the stories kids created

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