As a teacher, you want to make sure pupils 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 than planning any other language arts lesson.
Being new to StoryStarter, it’s reassuring to know that you can find help with 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 pupils to learn and practise according to their year and the class’s 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 you need to give more background information before the class is ready for the lesson?
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 that you can modify any activity to suit your needs – all it takes is a little creative thinking.
Plan the lesson
Once you have found an activity that is right for your lesson, you can plan each of the steps. Make sure you have a good plan that allows enough time for your pupils to successfully complete the activity.
What is of utmost importance is how you set the scene. It must be relevant to the pupils and ensure that they will be motivated to obtain the desired outcome of the lesson.
Facilitate the class
During the lesson – while the pupils 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 pupils’ creativity has surpassed your expectations. You only need to base your extension on the story they have built.
The benefits of experience
Once you get acquainted with the different activities in the Curriculum Pack, you’ll be able to use StoryStarter just like 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’ll realise the true potential of StoryStarter. LEGO Education StoryStarter supports the teaching of language arts “full circle”. Your pupils will be working with reading, writing, speaking, and listening simultaneously – which is something that very few learning tools achieve!