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Phil Hackett

Story mapping a modern classic with Clicker

July 16th, 2018

Many of the international schools I visit base their curriculum on the Primary Years Programme (PYP), a curriculum framework for students ages 3-12. When I demonstrate Clicker, schools are always impressed with the literacy support that it offers. I’m often asked for some inspiration on how to best employ Clicker in the context of a particular lesson.

Recently a school asked for advice on how to use Clicker for story mapping. They were using the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff.

Here is a plan for a pair of lessons:

After reading the book together, the teacher uses a blank Clicker Board to recall story elements with the class.

Lesson plan

The children can now arrange the story elements into the correct order – first on a Clicker Board, and then by organizing the pictures in a ‘Tell the Story’ Talk Set.

Once the pictures are organized, the class can get involved in orally rehearsing the story by recording a narration into the Talk Set.

The next step is for the students to re-create lines from the story using a Word Bank or Writing Frame. This is so quick and simple to create – just right-click the Clicker Board and choose ‘Create Word Bank’ to turn your mind map into a key word bank!

Word Bank

Finally (or as an extension activity), learners can create their own Clicker Book to re-tell the story.

Clicker Book

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