How I Use It
I used Storybird as a means to review how to pick just right books. Students were able to find pictures that helped illustrate the main ideas of my lesson with a partner. Once they found an image they wanted to use, students wrote the corresponding words next to the picture to make a mini- book of how to choose a just right book. I have also used the poetry option which generates a picture and lots of words on either side, almost like magnetic words. The students and I brainstormed words to go with the picture. Then, I had students create their own poems on marker boards using the smartboard to generate ideas.
Storybird is a favorite tool to inspire writers in my classroom. All kids can be successful and the pictures invite the kids to interact in a creative way. The search bar allows the students to type in words for suggested pictures. We are always amazed at the number of pictures and the creative artwork that is continually added. Students don't just use it in school, many have continued using it at home. The site also allows the student projects to be purchased, however, that is certainly not the focus.
With the pictures as a springboard to writing, the students seem to be more creative and engaged.