This free simple story map I created to use with my students in grades 1 and up. It’s a versatile activity that can be used with any fiction story.
The story map is a great way to get students both writing and drawing about the elements of a story. It also makes a great piece of work to hang in the hallway or in the classroom.
They are always a hit when we hang them up. We use these maps in small groups, whole group, partner work, or individual seatwork.
Story Map Preparation Tips
These story maps take a little bit of preparation so I suggest making them ahead of time, using them in a small group (so you only have to make a few), or use parent volunteers to help make them. We had parent volunteers make us class sets so that they were ready-to-use when we needed them.
Story Map Preparation Directions
There is a front and a back page. The front page (which is cut) is glued onto the back page to create a window effect. The front of the story map looks like this:
The second page, or back of the story map, looks like this:
- Print a front and back page for each student.
- On the front page, cut along the dotted lines.
- Do not cut out the entire rectangle. These become like windows to the second page.
- Place glue along story element rectangles on the white areas and over the problem arrow of the back page. See below.
- Carefully place the front page onto the back page and smooth to make sure the glue sticks.
- Allow drying time before using it in the classroom.
Story Map Creation Tip
Do not let the students do the cutting and gluing unless they are older and follow directions well. I tried to have my younger students cut/glue and it was too complicated and took way too much time out of instruction.
We ended up with ripped paper and glue all over the desks. I suggest doing them yourself or having parents assemble them.
Story Map Use Directions
- On the front page, draw the setting, main characters, problem, and solution.
- Fold the “windows” back.
- On the back page, write the setting, main characters, problem, and solution.
Story Map Use Tips
Do not use markers. They will bleed through. Crayons or colored pencils work best.