th1. Do a chalk talk with stick figures (or draw on the overhead/smart board).

2. Show slides, pictures, and posters. Give each person a small one.

3. Use flannel board figures or cutouts on the overhead.

4. Draw the story in four parts on a transparency. Cover it with a paper

folded in fourths and slit along one fold. Reveal one-fourth at a time.

5. Use dolls, stuffed animals, puppets, or pipe cleaner figures.

6. Tear or fold a piece of paper as you talk.

7. Tell the story as an interview with another person (a teacher helper).

8. Take the class on a story walk for a story that has more than one setting.

9. Help children glue pictures on a large sheet of paper as the story is told.

10. Give children pictures of people or objects to hold up when mentioned.

11. Have the children draw or work with clay as you tell the story.

12. Let them say a word or do an action when they hear a certain word.

(fish = “glub, glub, glub”)

13. Tell each line of the story with a movement. The children repeat each.

14. Have the class act out the story. Videotape it. Use symbols, headbands, costumes, sandwich boards, props, scenery on the board, sound effects.

15. Let the children respond in art: a mural, collage, storybook, diorama, stained-glass window, mobile, doorknob hanger, bookmark, poster, banner, greeting card, plaque, cartoon, bulletin board, mosaic, logo, model, billboard, holy card, decorated box, cutouts, or photo essay.

16. Have them respond in writing: diary entry, log, prayer, letter, acrostic, interview, scrapbook, dialogue, debate, speech, telegram, homily, play, newspaper, news article, poem, song, rap, character sketch, radio spot, choral poem, crossword puzzle, word search, eulogy, or website.

17. Reinforce the stories with a related craft, song, book, prayer, or game.

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