ENVELOPE BOOK – Story Elements, Printmaking, Pattern

Students create an illustrated, accordion-folded, envelope book to store and organize information about five story elements.

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ENVELOPE BOOK – Story Elements, Printmaking, Pattern


  • Crayola Broad Tip Markers, 16 Count
  • Crayola Washable Glue Sticks
  • Small Envelopes - 5 per student
  • Small Pieces of Sponge, 3 cm x 3 cm (2" x 2") - 1 per student
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Overhead Transparencies or Poly File Folders
  • Masking Tape
  • Ribbon


Step 1
  1. Spread glue on the inside flap of one envelope.
  2. Make sure the glue goes over the whole flap and stops at the crease.
  3. Hold another envelope front side facing down.
  4. Place it onto the glued flap so that it lines up with the crease.
  5. Glue all 5 envelopes together.
Step 2
  1. Tape the small piece of plastic to the back of one of the envelopes.
  2. Draw lots of colour on the plastic with the flat side of the marker.
  3. Wet the sponge with a small amount of water and then squeeze most of the water out.
  4. Drag the dampened sponge through the marker and onto the envelope.
  5. Continue in this way until the whole envelope is filled with colour.
Step 3
  1. Gently remove the plastic from the envelope.
  2. You have made a stencil print.
  3. Continue in this way until all the envelopes are filled with colour.
Step 4
  1. Turn the envelopes over.
  2. Use the small piece of plastic as a palette.
  3. Draw lots of marker onto the plastic.
  4. Dampen a sponge and dab it into the marker ink.
  5. Paint the envelopes with the sponge.
  6. Use lots of different colours.
Step 5
  1. Write the title of a different story element on each envelope.
    - Characters
    - Setting
    - Problem
    - Solution
    - Events
  2. Use line and colour to draw a picture that illustrates each element.
  3. Frame each rectangle with a different border pattern.
Step 6
  1. Fold the pages accordion style.
  2. Make the first envelope with the flap the cover of your book.
  3. Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around the folded stack of envelopes and across the flap.
  4. Glue the ribbon across the top envelope and flap at right angles to the bottom of the envelope.
Step 7
  1. Use the ribbon to tie the book together.
  2. Place written information about your stories inside each envelope.
Illustrated Crayon Character