This is an oral language activity that can be done with any class level. On each card there are the names of three items. The object of the activity is for the pupils to compose a story, and orally tell it, incorporating all three items. The more you do this activity, the better pupils become at it. The story can range from infants telling a story of three sentences, with one of the words in each sentence, to a more complex story structure from pupils in senior classes.

There are 48 cards in this resource. They should be printed, cut out and laminated. They should then be put into a box and pupils pick a card at random. The rule is that if they don’t like the first card they select, they may put it back and select a second. However, they must then stick with the second selected card – this makes pupils think twice about putting back a card. When this activity is started initially, pupils could select their card the day before and prepare their story for the next day. Remember: this is an oral language activity so pupils must not write out a story and come into class and read it. As the pupils become more comfortable with the format of the activity, they should tell the story spontaneously with no preparation.

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