I thought I published this post on November 19, but obviously I did not. Here it is now for your viewing pleasure.
We had literacy night at my 5th and 6th grade school a few nights ago. I used Rory’s Story Cubes for my table. If you have never seen these, they are great for story starters. There are a total of 9 dice with different symbols on each side for the player to interpret. The player rolls the dice and tries to make a story using all 9 of the cubes. Players might interpret the symbols differently. For instance, the symbol for fire could be fire, flame, burn, etc. So a group of people could come up with different stories with one roll of the cubes. Fun!
There are several different sets of cubes like Voyages and Actions. They recently added the Batman set which I can only assume is awesome! The website has some great ideas for using the cubes. I found some great writing frames on Pinterest to help kids get started. The company has even developed an app so you can play on the go.
All in all, my table was a success. The kids had a great time and I was impressed with some of the stories they came up with. Rory’s Story Cubes are great creative writing tools. Since my special needs students have difficulty spelling words and being able to put words on paper, I like to use these cubes for expressive language activities.
If you get the opportunity to try Rory’s Story Cubes, you should. They are a fun way to practice language arts skills.