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Materials needed:

  • Empty cereal box, shoe box, or similar small box
  • Several sheets of white paper
  • 5 – 10 index cards
  • tape or glue
  • markers or crayons
  • old magazines, newspapers, catalogues
  • scissors
  • Your favorite children’s book (I will be using Corduroy, by Don Freeman as an example)


  1. Take an empty box and cover the outside with white paper
    On the outside of the box write the name of the book you have selected
    Ex.: Corduroy by Don Freeman
  2. Take several index cards and on each card write one word that appears often in the story.
    Ex.: bear, Corduroy, button, bed, wanted, girl
  3. On 6 separate pieces of paper draw a picture of a bear, a girl, a button, a mountain, a bed, a lamp (or you can find pictures from an old magazine, newspaper or catalogue and glue or tape them on separate pieces of paper.)
  4. Read the story to your child
  5. Take the index cards and go over the words you have written with your child.
  6. Read the story again, and ask your child to point to the index card when s/he hears that word in the story.
  7. Ask your child to color, illustrate or decorate the pictures you made (the button, the bear, girl, mountain, bed and lamp)
  8. Ask your child to tell you the story in sequence, using the pictures s/he has made to help tell the story.

* Remember that supplies 52 weeks of fun literacy activities on 6 different age and ability levels.

3 Responses to “CREATING STORY BOXES *”

  1. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    Thanks for linking to Read. Explore.Learn. I love your story unit box. It will great to use over and over again.

  2. Oh, this is wonderful! Have to remember this when a little one gets a bit older! :)

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