Using all of this playtime experience, we took some time to write about her character that she dressed. I just wanted to share, in fact she asked me to :). I took it as a teachable moment to help her learn Story Elements to my 5 year old. Although we talk about it all the time during storytime, I haven't had a formal lesson with her.
Teaching Story Elements
I introduced to her a story map and the vocabulary words that go along with it. We discussed that every story has a Beginning, Middle and End. We talked about how stories have a problem and a solution. We even talked about how stories have characters and a setting. It was a very basic lesson on Story Elements but she really was interested and was able to easily create her very own story. Here's a Story Map Printable that you can use for your next storytime during your afterschool lessons. It's a great way to check comprehension.
First I had her illustrate her book. We took three pages and I asked her to come up with a beginning, middle and end to the story. We talked about who was in the story and where they would be. She decided it would be about Jessie lost in the desert with a camel. And in the end the camel would help her find her way home to Bullseye. (too funny). Then she create her cover for her book.
Then at another sitting she attached the images she created onto paper so she could write her words to describe the pictures she made. Here's was she wrote for her story...
Once upon a time Jessie met a camel in the desert.
Jessie was lost.
Then Jessie was home. She was happy to see Bullseye.
All very basic but she created all by herself which I think is a great for a 5 year old. Her pictures of coarse have much more detail in them and explain a lot more about the story. She captured the basic understand of problem and solution as well as beginning, middle, end and characters. Then she decided to teach herself how to write fancy... 5 year olds can keep you on your toes!