Learning Apps

# Storybird in the Math Classroom

Students transform equations into real-life word problems with Storybird.

Storybird is an amazing, free, online software that allows students to create their own stories using real artist's works and collaborate and share among their class. In math, it is always essential to get students to appreciate the real world contexts in which their work is derived. Storybird allows students to incorporate literacy and their own interests into the math that we are working on. It also allows for feedback from the teacher to make sure that the math value that students are getting out of their stories is pure and real. Students must work within a rubric to develop a starting number sentence or operation into a real context. The deep discussions around verbs and operations that occurs is invaluable for a synthesis of the math concepts. Oh, and it is reallly fun to read each others!

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action

Student Handout

There were many different ways to implement the Storybird activity. Sometimes we did it as an optional project students could pick from. Other times it was a collaborative activity in class. Once students got the hang of it, we could do a Storybird Synergy challenge like this in 20 minutes, and differentiate it by ability for more investment and reward.
Strategy Explanation

This screencast gives a brief overview of StoryBird and its uses in my classroom.
Students In Action

Student Handout

There were many different ways to implement the Storybird activity. Sometimes we did it as an optional project students could pick from. Other times it was a collaborative activity in class. Once students got the hang of it, we could do a Storybird Synergy challenge like this in 20 minutes, and differentiate it by ability for more investment and reward.
Strategy Explanation

This screencast gives a brief overview of StoryBird and its uses in my classroom.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
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Routines and Procedures
Students transform equations into real-life word problems with Storybird.

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Mindsets
Students transform equations into real-life word problems with Storybird.

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