https://sbt-test.azurewebsites.net/blog/e/back-to-school-with-sbt

Back to School Activities with Storyboard That

By Anna Warfield

Find this and other great teacher resources in our Education Blog!

Using Storyboard That in the Classroom

During the first few weeks of school, it's important to acclimate students to using computers independently. It's also important for you as the teacher to get to know your students and give them an opportunity to express themselves creatively. Storyboard That can help you familiarize students with the use and protocols of technology and allow you to get to know students at the same time.There are tons of ways to introduce your students to Storyboard That with digital storytelling projects!

Of course, all students don't need to do the same project. Everyone has a different experience each summer: camps, staying home, travelling, family vacations, beach trips, going to the movies, hanging out with friends, lounging at the pool, and LOTS more. Below, you'll find fun ideas for storyboard projects that you can do at the start of the new school year. If you want to extend the fun, we also have ice breaker activity suggestions!



Create a Storyboard 

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)


Goals for the Year

A new year means a new you! Visualize goals that you or your students want to achieve. Include just the goal itself, and also steps to reaching that goal. Ask students to show what academic, social, and personal goals they have for the new school year on storyboards. This activity is fun to revisit at the end of the year, to see if students accomplished what they set out to do! For more activities related to goal setting, check out our SMART goals lesson plan.







Create a Storyboard 

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)



Summer Reading Project

Many students are assigned summer reading projects, and some students read many, many books over the summer months. Either choose a book that was assigned, or let students choose one of the books they read. Students can create amazing storyboards that show

On top of storyboards, students can create posters that showcase the themes, plot, and important elements of the story. Movie posters are one great way for students to show off what they've read!

Take a look at just a few of our ideas!






Create a Storyboard 

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)



All About Me

Each and every student is their own being with lots of past stories, quirks, favorite things, hobbies, and talents. Give them a chance to present themselves to you and to the class at the start of the year! Storyboard That offers tons of flexibility and art that students will be able to use to create the perfect storyboard depending on what type of information they want to share. They can create things like







Create a Storyboard 

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)



What I Did This Summer

Take your classic beginning of the year writing activity, but spice it up with Storyboard That! Use the traditional layout to create a narrative of "What I Did This Summer" (or "What I WISH I Had Done This Summer"). Alternatively, students can use the spider map to show various activities or places visited or use a timeline to show the sequence of their summer.


Timeline of My Summer

Pick out four or five most important events of the summer and put them in chronological order. It's okay if exact dates aren't used, as long as the order is right. Focus on just a few events, like going to a movie with friends, a family vacation, a big thunderstorm that made the lights go out, or whatever. For students who did "nothing" all summer: end of school, July, August, back to school.


This Summer, I...
This Summer, I...

Example

Customize this Storyboard

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)



Create a Storyboard 

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)




New School Year: The Movie

Students will probably have a lot of assumptions about what the new school year will bring. Whether it's things they've heard from older siblings, the books and shows they've consumed, or just the murmurs of the school hallways, they're already anticipating what's to come. Get a feel for what students are thinking and what they want out of the year by having them create movie posters! What do they think Sixth Grade: The Movie will be like? Need templates to get them started? We've got you covered.


Sixth Grade The Movie
Sixth Grade The Movie

Example

Customize this Storyboard

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)



Create a Storyboard 

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)



Conversation Cubes

Story cubes don't just have to be for creative writing activities! Teachers and students can create conversation cubes that include questions or discussion prompts. When students roll the cubes, they can answer the question, tell a fact about themselves, a goal they have, or something they learned last year depending on what's written on the cube faces.

These cubes can be rolled during a full class discussion, or you can break students into small groups and have them use the cubes as a conversation starter. The more variety of questions, the more opportunities students have to answer fun questions and get to know their peers!


Question/Prompt Suggestions:

  • What is the most interesting thing you learned last year?
  • Who do you look up to most and why?
  • Name one fun fact about yourself.
  • What are you looking forward to this year?
  • What is one thing you’re good at?
  • What was the most recent movie you've seen and what did you think?
  • What was your favorite book from this summer and why?

Students may also find it fun to create their own story cubes before this activity. What questions would they like to ask their peers? If you allow students to create their own questions, try to provide them with guidelines about what is and isn't okay to ask in order to avoid students feeling pressured to disclose information they don't wish to share.

Find more story cube templates to get started!

Story Cube Template
Story Cube Template

Example

Customize this Storyboard

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)



Create a Storyboard 

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)


KW(H)L Charts

At the start of a new school year, it's fun to know what students want to learn! They may already know what subjects await them based on their previous year or older siblings, but they might not have a clue. A KWL or KWHL chart will give you some insight on where students are coming from and the things they're excited about.

For a paper assignment, create custom KW(H)L worksheets to distribute to students on one of the first few days of school. Students can turn these in for you to take a look at, and then keep them in their notebooks or binders to look back at at the end of the year. It can also be fun to complete a KWHL poster as a class and hang it up for students to look at throughout the year. The poster can be edited digitally and reprinted or added on to with markers later in the year.







Create a Storyboard 

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)


Worksheet Activities

If you're looking for even more awesome things, you can create first day activities that students can complete digitally or that can be printed out and completed by hand! Have students create a coat of arms or a family tree, and get to know a little bit about what makes them unique!

Students can also help create some of the decorations for the classroom with the first day activity worksheets! While you've already spent some time setting up an awesome classroom, it can be fun for students to see something they created hanging in the classroom every day. Banners, name plates, and posters are a great way to accomplish this!






Create a Storyboard 

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)





What other fun back to school activities do you do with Storyboard That? Send us an email at Feedback@StoryboardThat.com! We'd love to see what incredible things you're doing with your students.




Create a Storyboard 

(This will start a 2-Week Free Trial - No Credit Card Needed)



Image Attributions


Help Share Storyboard That!

Read More of Our Blog

Teacher Favorites

Get the most out of Storyboard That with these great features!

Classroom Features

During your 14-Day free trial, you and your students will have full access to all the classroom features.

  • Unlimited Storyboards with up to 100 cells
  • Personal Teacher Dashboard
  • Support for Google Sign On

Photos for Class

Easily find that perfect photo thanks to integration with Photos for Class.

  • Millions of Creative Commons photos
  • Automatically cited when used
  • Makes storyboards POP

Powerful Export

After your storyboard is created easily export it to high resolution storyboard cells, PDF, slideshow, and so much more!

  • Export to PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides
  • Upload to your blog, wiki, email or social media
  • Create classroom posters and custom printables

Presentation Ready

Quickly turn any storyboard into a presentation to receive immediate feedback!

  • One Click Live Slide Shows
  • Export to PowerPoint (Keynote, and Google Slides compatible)
  • Create a new presentation just as easily after edits
Start My Free Teacher Trial
https://sbt-test.azurewebsites.net/blog/e/back-to-school-with-sbt
© 2019 - Clever Prototypes, LLC - All rights reserved.
Start My Free Trial
Explore Our Articles and Examples

Business Resources

All Business ArticlesBusiness Templates

Film Resources

Film ResourcesVideo Marketing

Illustrated Guides

BusinessEducation
Try Our Other Websites!

Photos for Class   •   Quick Rubric   •   abcBABYart   •   Storyboard That's TpT Store
Prefer a different language?

•   (English) Back to School with Storyboard That   •   (Español) Volver a la Escuela con Storyboard That   •   (Français) Retour à l'école avec Storyboard That   •   (Deutsch) Zurück zu Schule mit Storyboard That   •   (Italiana) Ritorno a scuola con Storyboard That   •   (Nederlands) Terug naar school met Storyboard That   •   (Português) De volta à escola com Storyboard That   •   (עברית) חזרה לבית הספר עם Storyboard That   •   (العَرَبِيَّة) العودة إلى المدارس مع Storyboard That   •   (हिन्दी) Storyboard That साथ स्कूल में वापस   •   (ру́сский язы́к) Назад в школу с Storyboard That   •   (Dansk) Tilbage til skolen med Storyboard That   •   (Svenska) Tillbaka till skolan med Storyboard That   •   (Suomi) Koulun aloitus Storyboard That   •   (Norsk) Tilbake til skolen med Storyboard That   •   (Türkçe) Storyboard That ile Storyboard That   •   (Polski) Wróć do szkoły ze Storyboard That   •   (Româna) Înapoi la școală cu Storyboard That de Storyboard That   •   (Ceština) Zpátky do školy s Storyboard That   •   (Slovenský) Späť do školy so Storyboard That   •   (Magyar) Vissza az iskolába a Storyboard That   •   (Hrvatski) Povratak u školu sa Storyboard That   •   (български) Върнете се в училище с тази Storyboard That   •   (Lietuvos) Atgal į mokyklą su Storyboard That   •   (Slovenščina) Nazaj v šolo s Storyboard That   •   (Latvijas) Atpakaļ uz skolu ar Storyboard That   •   (eesti) Tagasi kooli koos Storyboard That