Horse Stories

LESSON PLAN

Saddle up

Watch: Grace - episode 5: Visualization Nation

Grace has a blog called “Grace Loves Horses” and she uses it to tell her story. What are some of the ways that she tells her story on her blog?

Barn talk

What does Grace choose to tell us about on her blog? Why do you think she has a blog?

Take a ride

People like Grace have blogs so they can tell their stories. But there are lots of ways to tell stories. One thing that stories have in common is a beginning, middle and end.

You’ll need

  1. Just the kids!

Directions

  1. Gather the children into a circle.
  2. Have one child start a story (“the first thing that happened…”).
  3. Then go around the circle having each child add another element that would follow the previous one (“and then…”).
  4. Finally have the last child bring the story to a close (“… the end”).
  5. Mix up the children so they get turns telling different sections of the stories they create.
  6. Discuss how stories are about one event coming after another, just like one word comes after another when we talk or write them on the page.

Ride some more

Extend learning with Saddle Stories, a game that allows players to build creative stories about horses.

Horses and standards

Common Core Standards for ELA – Writing Standards K-5. Write narratives in which they recount a well elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

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