LEGO® Education StoryStarter Core Set (LIMITED EDITION, while stocks last)
StoryStarter creates confident storytellers. Designed for children aged 7 to 11.
This set engages students in literacy skills. How else to create stories using their favourite LEGO?
StoryStarter is a unique, creative learning tool that provides narrative experiences for students and empowers them to become confident storytellers and writers. It enhances speaking, listening, literacy, comprehension and presentation skills and is an exciting platform for MLEA in the STELLAR programme.
StoryStarter is also an excellent language tool to be used in Mother Tongue lessons. Storystarter inspires students to collaborate while creating and communicating stories using LEGO® bricks as their toolbox. Students work in groups to develop a story together, build their story with bricks and document it using a simple and fun digital interface.
Students will use their imagination and language to create, write and visualise stories, describe personalities, communicate them to others and evaluate them together.
The StoryStarter system will enable students to:
• Speak with confidence in a range of contexts
• Create, sequence, and retell stories
• Enhance their speaking, listening, and comprehension skills
• Develop their reading and writing skills
• Analyse stories, characters, and plots
• Identify and understand genres
What is it?
The StoryStarter system consists of 1,144 carefully selected LEGO elements, including assorted characters, animals, accessories, icons, basic bricks, building plates for creating up to five story scenes, and one extra building plate for building the StoryStarter spinner
The set comes in a sturdy storage box with two-element trays, a sticker sheet, and an element catalogue that can be used as a checklist to make classroom management easier. The compartments are designed to provide some form of structure to the story-making process. Elements can be sorted in many different ways—there is no right or wrong.
A StoryStarter package caters for five students, working together to create stories.
The system also includes a Curriculum Pack to introduce the 24 activities, covering a wide range of the English Language Arts curriculum. The material is also suitable for use in broader cross-curricular applications.
This set contains enough elements to equip up to five students with everything they need to start constructing their own stories. Building materials are delivered in a sturdy storage box along with sorting trays, baseplates, activity spinners, organisational stickers and an assortment of speciality bricks and Minifigures.
Check out the getting started video below to see what the set contains.
Lesson plans included
Provides 24 lesson plans exploring a range of genres and writing styles, and inspiration to help teachers create their own activities. Includes teacher notes, illustrations and a Constructopedia. Download the curriculum for free here
How to use the Storystarter Set
Types of activities
There are four types of activities:
• Getting started
• Day-to-day storytelling
• Building and telling stories
• Retelling and analysing stories
It is very important that students become familiar with the materials and elements. Otherwise, they will have difficulty using them constructively during the story-making process. Getting started activities focus on this and are designed to facilitate a “quick start”.
These activities give the teacher an opportunity to engage students in talking about relevant events and experiences, such as birthday parties, field trips, TV documentaries, community-related events, and book or article reviews. The examples included under “Setting the scene” present problem scenarios where the students build a single scene structure.
Building and telling stories
With these activities, students explore the basic elements of a story’s structure. A general story structure—often referred to as a “story arc”—consists of different scenes. Each scene represents an independent part of the story sequence. Depending on the students’ key stage and ability level, a story structure can include three scene structures—a beginning (set-up), a middle (action), and an end
(resolution)—or five scenes structures, consisting of a beginning, a build-up, a climax, a resolution, and an end. A story can be created by up to five students who jointly decide on story flow, and then each student builds one of the scene structures.
Retelling and analysing stories
These activities provide an opportunity to adapt well-known stories to suit students’ ability levels and analyse and work with different genres. Read a story to the students and ask them to rebuild and retell the plot. Use this process to analyse genre features and characters.
Students may also add their own action sequences and endings. They may add a new beginning to a well-known story, or change the characters’ moods or the story setting. Students can then explore the effect the changes have on the plot and story sequence.
Setting the scene
• Ask students to form a group with one StoryStarter Core Set between them.
• Build the spinner and attach the four-colour category card.
• The spinner now has an arrow and four coloured sections that correspond to the element tray compartment colours. Students take turns spinning the spinner. When the arrow stops it will point to a colour. The student that spun the arrow then picks two bricks from a compartment with the corresponding colour.
• The students are also allowed to randomly pick two “complete” characters of their own choice.
• Each student uses the spinner five times, before gathering his or her bricks together and collecting a building plate.
Building the story
• Ask the students to build their first story on their building plate.
• Make sure they are aware of the two Ws: “Who” (characters) and “Where” (setting)
• Ask them to be specific when describing character features and actions.
• Where does the story take place? How is that communicated?
Encourage the students to reflect on and talk about each of their characters as they build. What are they doing? What are they saying? How do they feel? Ask the students to demonstrate how the model helps them express their ideas?
Reflect on the discussion of the story and how effective this was.
FREE Story Visualiser Software
Students can begin their story ideas by creating a story scene using LEGO bricks and accessories. Both the computer software and the tablet app provide a way for students to take a picture of their LEGO creation and import it into a self-selected storyboard template. From there, students can use their imaginations to write the parts of their story. Finally, the story is saved as a PDF, so that it can be digitally published.
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An illustration example: The Princess and the Two Knights
And here’s how you can use the StoryStarter Set to create a story.
Step 1: Set the scene.
Once upon a time, there were two knights who lived on opposite sides of a deep valley.
One day, the two knights rode to the castle wearing their finest armour in a bid to win the princess’s favour and affections.
“Pick me! Pick me!” said the black-haired knight. “My glittering armour is strong and silent and I will hold your hand quietly forever.”
“Pick me! Pick me!” said the red-haired knight. “I’m the king’s champion jouster and will always protect you from harm!”
But the princess couldn’t make up her mind. The two knights became more and more jealous of each other until…”
What do you think happened next? How does the story evolve and end?
Step 2: You can now ask your child to create a storyboard for a 3 or 5 scene drama. They should consider: the scenario, time and place, characters, props and the main events.
– How can a castle scene be depicted?
– What will the knights do to win the hand of the fair princess?
Step 3: Encourage your child to discuss each scene of the story as they build. What is the essence of each part? In what sequence should the scenes be arranged?
Step 4: Sharing and documenting. Your child can then narrate or play a character. Ask them to record it in writing or you can make use of the Free Story Visualiser Software to create a digital storybook.