RETELLING A STORY – Creating and Using Props

Students work in groups of four, choose the beginning, middle - part one, middle - part two, or end of a story they have read and use markers and crayons to create a triarama that shows the setting in their part of the story, and Model Magic to make a character and props. Then they take turns retelling their part of the story using their creations.

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RETELLING A STORY – Creating and Using Props


  • Crayola Washable Markers - 24 Count
  • Crayola Paint Brushes - 5 Count
  • Crayola Model Magic - Assorted Colours
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Regular Crayons - 24 Count
  • Bristol Board - 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm (12" x 12") - 1 piece per student
  • Paper Clips
  • Plastic Container Lids for Palettes - 1 per student
  • Water Containers
  • Masking Tape
  • Coverstock Paper - 4 cm x 9 cm (2" x 4") - 1 per student


Step 1
  1. Begin with a square of Bristol board 30 cm x 30 cm (12" x 12").
  2. Fold the Bristol board in half diagonally from one corner to the other.
  3. Make a firm crease.
  4. Open the Bristol board up and fold it diagonally in the opposite direction.
  5. Make a firm crease.
  6. Make a dot in the centre of the Bristol board where the two folds meet.
  7. Cut along one of the folds and stop at the dot.
Step 2
  1. Mark an X on one of the flaps.
    - This side will be tucked under the other.
  2. Fold the Bristol board up and place one triangle go over the one with the X.
  3. Notice what will be the background of your setting – the two vertical sides, and what will be the ground – the flat horizontal part .
  4. Open the Bristol board up and do your drawing and painting on it while it is flat.
    - Do not paint on this flap with the X.
Step 3
  1. Do not paint on the flap with the X.
  2. Use crayon and marker to colour the details of your setting.
  3. To use the marker like paint, draw some marker onto a plastic lid and paint into the marker with water to liquefy it.
Step 4
  1. Use Model Magic to create props and characters for your part of the story.
  2. To make a small finger puppet follow the instructions in the Fun Finger Puppets lesson plan available on this website.
Step 5
  1. Use paper clips to attach all 4 triaramas together.
  2. Make sure they are in the correct order – beginning, middle - part one, middle - part two, end.
  3. Take turns retelling your story, gently turning the settings as the story unfolds.
  4. Use the props to help you remember important details.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Mathematics,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 3,

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6

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