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Storytelling Using Jigsaw Puzzle Stories
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Do you ever think, “How can I mix up my students, in a non-threatening manner, to have the potential for making new connections with other classmates?”
I got you covered!
Here is a freebie, I would like to introduce to you. This exercise can be used with many grade levels, even into high school.
Storytelling Using Jigsaw Puzzle Stories lesson is a great way to begin a new class or use as a warm up.
How do I use this?
In a nutshell, the teacher collects and cuts postcards or pictures (laminated would be best) into two pieces, like jigsaw pieces. Then the teacher shuffles them. She passes out at random one puzzle piece to each student. Students are instructed to find the person with the puzzle piece which fits theirs and sit down with the person. From there, the teacher can assign the students to write a short story using the postcards as the writing prompt.
Usually, I require the students to find at least three things on the postcard which they include in their story. For instance, if the picture is of a group of people rafting in white water rapids, they could include the raft, the white water and/or the people. Or they could just use the people, the raft and the jagged cliffs above them. You get the idea. 🙂
(Just a few pages from the product to give you an example of what it contains.)
What Else Can I do With The Jigsaw Postcards Pieces?
- Storytelling–Individual and Tandem
- Create Improvisations
- Create Movement Pieces
- Write a Monologue
- Write a Scene
- Write a Story
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How about doing something with them for the entire class?
Oh yes! That’s a great idea. Find a photo and make enough pieces for the number of students in your class. First, they’d need to put the puzzle together (you could break it into sections and keep those pieces all together?) Then as a group the students could brainstorm with you what the photo means to them. Then re-create it with the students as the objects and things! AWESOME SAUCE.
The Jigsaw Puzzle Postcard Pieces are an excellent warm up to use with this Bundle on Super Heroes:
Super Heroes Tableau and Movement
You can find it here: Tableau and Movement Super Heroes Bundle
Here is a really cool storytelling unit, Kamishibai Storytelling, a Japanese form of storytelling.
Storytelling with Student Created Pictures
This Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces would be a very effective introduction to Kamishibai!
So as you can see, there are many ways to use this freebie. I hope you’ll check it out and download soon.
What do you use for a warm up which places your students in random groups? I’d love to hear about them.
If you’d like a free guide And lesson plan from me, click here LESSON PLAN
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or DeborahBaldwin.net
Check out this bundle for more great lessons.
Bundle: Funny Reader’s Theater Scripts