Teacher Review for Storybird

This was a great way to scaffold kids' imaginations for writing narratives.

Lorena S.
Classroom teacher
South/West Park Elementary School
Tracy, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I had my bilingual third graders us this app to have them write stories, letting them practice the art of storytelling. While some of them were finding it difficult to find a theme, others wrote numerous pieces and published them on our class Wikipage. Some students who are barely into writing (or writing phonetically) were at first discouraged, but gradually built up to writing more stories.
My Take
I believe that as a tool to help spark imagination, this is a good tool However, I had to scaffold a lot by reminding kids that what I was interested in was their content, not necessarily their conventions. Eventually, we did go back and fix some grammar/spelling/punctuation mistakes, but only after precise, concise lessons on these skills.