Bits and Pieces

Social Studies/Language Arts Activity

In this activity, students will use a collection of objects as the basis for writing a tale about the people who used them.



  1. Review some stories that everyone in the class has read and discuss key objects in the stories. How were they used? Who owned them? Were they special in some way? Were they new or old? How were they important to the story? For example, you might discuss how straw, sticks, and bricks were used in the tale of the Three Little Pigs.

  2. Have each student bring in three to five small objects from home that they can keep in school for a while. The objects can be unique or common every day things from around the house.

  3. Then place all the objects on a table and let students choose three objects that they think they can work into a tale. If you want to make it more challenging, have children try to choose three unrelated objects. (You may want to offer students the option of keeping their selections a secret.)

  4. Distribute copies of the story map and have children complete it. Remind them that the objects must play a key role in the tale, such as being something that a father handed down to his daughter, and not just be mentioned in passing. Encourage them to write about the objects in imaginative ways.

  5. When they have finished writing, have children read the tales aloud to the class. You might have the other students try to guess which objects in each tale were the three specially selected objects.


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