We did a ‘chain story’ in class today, but not with things (like we did before here), just plain words and sentences. One sentence per child. They are already familiar with this activity so we didn’t have as much problems as before. This is a mixed-age group of kids.
Objective: To familiarize the children with story structure – beginning, middle, end, flow.
This is what they came up with (I’m staying as close as I can to the original and the children’s own words):
I started the story with: Once upon a time, there was a castle far far away.
Children’s contribution: The castle was in the water and it shook all the water away, leaving only sand. Then, the bad guys entered the castle. In the castle, there was a big red dragon. Then daddy came out and fight with the dragon and the dragon had blood all over his body. The dragon flew to the doctor and the doctor took care of her. After she was well, she went back home, in the water, and suddenly a baby came out of her stomach. The baby was really cute. They found a lollipop in their home. The mommy had a big lollipop and the baby had a small one. They were happy because the lollipop was yummy.
There were a couple of hiccups here and there with the much younger ones, who weren’t familiar with ‘flow’ and have a tendency to create their own story or just start from the very beginning again. Because the objective of this activity was for the children to get to know a story structure, I had to help/guide the child to continue the flow of the story.
They were very proud of how the story came out and even wanted to draw and write their story 🙂