As a teacher, you want to make sure your students are meeting the learning objectives stipulated in the language arts curriculum. The LEGO StoryStarter Learning Grid is a vital tool for ensuring success in your lesson.
Planning a lesson with StoryStarter is no different from planning any other language arts lesson you teach.
With your being new to StoryStarter, it’s reassuring to know that you can find help in your lesson planning by using the Learning Grid that can be found on page 14 of the StoryStarter Curriculum Pack.
Define the lesson’s learning goals
When you start planning a lesson, you probably base it on one of the learning points in the language arts curriculum – or define the objective based on your experience and knowledge of the class’s overall ability.
With this learning objective in mind, you look at what you want students to learn and practice according to their grade level and the class’ overall level of learning. Should you adapt your teaching to cover special needs in the class? Does everybody have the same level of understanding? Do I need to add some more background before the class is ready for this?
Find an activity in the Learning Grid
Now, it is time to consult the LEGO StoryStarter Learning Grid.
Here you can easily identify the activities that work with the learning objective(s) you have set for the lesson.
Review each of the suitable activities. Remember, you can modify any activity to suit your needs – so even though a given activity does not have a 100 percent fit, you can make it do so with a little creative thinking.
Plan the lesson
When you have found the activity that is right for your lesson, it is time to plan each of the steps in the activity. Make sure you have a good plan and that you have allowed enough time for your students to succeed.
What is of utmost importance is how you set the scene. It must be relevant to the students and ensure that they will be motivated to obtain the desired outcome of the lesson.
Facilitate the class
The rest of the lesson – where the students build the story, reflect on it, and document it – you are more a facilitator than a sage on the stage. Just remember to keep each of the groups on track with the desired learning outcome, no matter how creative they become.
For the extending phase, you might have some additional challenges or clarifying questions to inspire the class, but often you will see that your students’ creativity has surpassed your expectations. You only need to base your extension on the story they have built.
The benefits of experience
As you get more and more acquainted with the different activities in the Curriculum Pack, you will soon be able to use StoryStarter as any other learning aid. It becomes a natural part of your teaching whenever it makes sense to use it. StoryStarter is a great tool in your educational toolbox.
As you progress we hope you will realize the true potential of StoryStarter: LEGO Education StoryStarter supports the teaching of language arts full circle. The class works with reading, writing, speaking, and listening simultaneously – which is something very few learning tools do!