School Storyboard Project Ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

Storyboards are helpful teaching aids used in many different grade levels to assist kids in organising and presenting their ideas. Storyboards help kids break up big ideas into manageable parts that they can then work with in other ways, such as making them into a written narrative. Almost any idea can be presented in storyboard fashion, but some projects are better suited for a storyboard than others.

Your Morning Routine

Since storyboarding is about visually representing a story, it's important to undertake projects that students can easily visualise and make their own. Every student has a unique morning routine and, since he goes through it every school day, shouldn't have too much trouble recounting it. A morning routine storyboard will ideally be very detailed and involved almost all the steps taken between waking up and walking into the classroom.

Your Summer Vacation

Storyboards can also be more general and can cover long periods of time where certain parts are left out. Most students vividly remember their summer vacations, and will enjoy recounting them in storyboard fashion. Since summer vacations often involve a lot of outdoor activities and travel, the students should have ample material with which to create sketches and form their storyboard.

You Favorite Movie or TV Show

Having students storyboard a story that has already been made is a good way to introduce them to storyboarding. Most kids will see movies or TV shows they like numerous times and will therefore be able to vividly recount almost every scene. Giving them the opportunity to do so with a storyboard will allow them to focus on the act of storyboarding rather than getting too caught up in the details of the storyboard itself.

What You Want to Do This Weekend

Another fun storyboarding project is to ask students to storyboard something that hasn't happened yet. This offers them the most creative options in coming up with their storyboard. Make sure to ask them something that they will enjoy thinking about, such as what they want to do over the weekend or where they want to travel during vacation. There will be no shortage of ideas to document.

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Ariel Phillips is an editor and writer living in Portland, Ore. He has written for "n+1 Journal" and "The Rumpus Magazine," among others. He maintains an interest in a variety of subjects, including art, culture, the environment, media, the sciences and sports. He earned bachelor's degrees in art and philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara.