Get your students to WRITE!

Happy Saturday! I finally had some time to sit down and catch up on reading some amazing blog posts. I just stumbled upon Jivey's link up about how we get students to WRITE.
Ideas By Jivey
There are some wonderful ideas that she provides as well as those who linked up…head over to check it out!

This week I had great success getting a 2nd grade class excited about writing. We used the FREE website: My Story Maker to help us generate ideas and create detailed stories. What I LOVE about this website is how it walks students through the main parts of a story: author, title, main character, problem, plot, and solution. The kids get to create a scene that helps them write detailed sentences. When they add props/other characters to their scene, the program automatically adds to their writing. They get SO excited to see their story expand. Here are some pictures of the different steps:

What is super cool about this site is that kids can "publish" their work and receive a special code that they can enter at any time to pull up their creation. They can also download and print their work that comes out looking just like a book!

Having your students print out their work and adding their book to your reading collection really makes them feel special. Other students have a great time reading their peers' work! Try this out as a "techie" writing center one day. Send home the website for them to practice at home! I promise..they will LOVE it!


  1. Wow! This site looks like so much fun!! Do students need a login to make a story?

    Mr. First Grade

  2. Not sure what's wrong but I can't find the website. Can you help? Also, I've only one iPad and no computers in my classroom could this still work. This sounds fabulous to use in the classroom!

  3. The website is linked in the name above. Just click on "My Story Maker" and it will take you right to the site. Yes, it could still work on an iPad! Just use type in the address in one of your web browsers :)

    1. Thanks so much! I'll try that. I've another quick question! I have a projector that I use ALOT. I can project from my iPad . So I was wondering if you could recommend a good slide show application like PowerPoint. Again thanks!

  4. You can always download the app: SlideShark to show your Powerpoints. There is also the Keynote app (MACs version of Powerpoint). I also like Flowboard!

  5. Thanks again! Your suggestions look very promising! I was able to get to My Story Maker too! Great blog! Happy teaching!