Item Number: JNR-TOON

VISUAL STORY-TELLING LESSON PLANS: Teach digital story-telling and boost creativity with a unique and innovative technology project. Students create an animated cartoon using presentation software. Resources include a Teacher Guide, Student Workbook with illustrated, step-by-step instructions, checklists, assessment tools, and extension activities for optional challenges.

INSPIRE AND ENGAGE YOUNG WRITERS: Sample cartoons unleash the creative potential of young minds. Motivate your students with a diverse collection of digital story samples including Marco Polo, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Bicycle Safety Tips, My Dream, Super Dog, Cartoon, and What Is It?

INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY INTO CURRICULUM: Blend the story-telling project into language arts, computer studies, or social science. Promote STEM, CTE, and ICT by combining curriculum and technology learning objectives. Summarize a novel, share facts, or review a topic currently being studied by building an animated presentation. Transform digital learning!

STUDENT CENTERED APPROACH: Promote a self-directed classroom. Guided by a digital workbook, students achieve new technology skills and complete the story-telling task independently. Teachers play the role of a facilitator. Students are empowered and build self-confidence when they take ownership of their work.

ANIMATION AND PICTURE EDITING WORKSHOPS: Extra activities include tips and tricks for slide show animation, getting pictures from the internet, and how to trim, crop, flip, and recolor images. Learn how to record the story and then share it as a video.

Technology Integration: Language Arts, Media Arts

Technology Skill: Animation, Presentation

Version: Google, Microsoft 365, Office 2019, Office 2016, Office 2013, Office Online

Program: PowerPoint, Slides

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Assignment 1: Digital Storytelling, Cartoons, & Comic Strips

Produce silly comic strips by writing text into callouts to describe what is happening.

Assignment 2: View Sample Digital Stories

Examine digital stories to learn about the structure and ignite interest in animated storytelling.

Assignment 3: Organize Story Ideas for the Digital Story

Invent a cartoon story. Determine the audience. Sketch events into a storyboard to form a plan.

Assignment 4: Make the Title Slide

Spark interest in the story with a unique title slide. Format text, text boxes, and slide background.

Assignment 5: Set the Scene

Convey information about setting, character, and plot by combining images with callouts.

Assignment 6: Create the Action Scenes

Illustrate the remaining scenes. Exaggerate the story action using starbursts and WordArt.

Assignment 7: Add Transitions and Animations

Divide the action using transitions. Animate each scene and sequence the timing of events.

Assignment 8:Digital Story Checklist

Self-evaluate the content, design, and animation applied to each scene. Revise the story.

Assignment 9: Publish your Digital Story

Prepare the story for an audience. Set the slides to play automatically. Invite peers to view it.

Optional Google Slides or PowerPoint Visual Storytelling Activities

  • Generate a Story Idea: Pick a character, setting, and plot.
  • Picture Editing Workshop: Trim, crop, recolor, and flip.
  • Use Images from the Internet: Insert a file or link.
  • Animation Workshop: Tips for animations, timing, and more.
  • Peer Edit the Digital Story: Share the story. Invite comments.
  • Print a Comic Strip or Comic Book: Print as a handout.
  • Make a Video: Record the story, then share.

Terms of Use
Use TechnoToon with unlimited users at your site. A site is a physical location such as classroom, school, learning center, daycare, library, or home. If you teach at multiple sites, you will need to purchase one set for each location. Access everything you need from TechnoHub, and transfer the files to all devices at your site. View the PDF teacher guides and workbooks digitally or print as many as you need. Files CANNOT be posted in public domain.

Digital Storytelling Activities
Animate Slide Objects
Complete Fun Digital Story Activities
Use Google Slides or PowerPoint

Integrate Technology into Language Arts - Digital Storytelling Activities

Inspire visual storytelling using Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint lessons. Combine text, imagery, and animation to create a story that looks like a cartoon or animated comic strip. Creative writing activities for elementary or middle school. Digital storytelling project includes fun teaching ideas and samples!

  • Select and organize story ideas
  • Produce an original digital story
  • Revise a story to improve quality
  • Publish a digital story to share with others
  • Save a digital story as other file types
  • Format slide background for story backdrop
  • Express ideas creatively
  • Illustrate events with images and objects
  • Divide story action by applying transitions
  • Animate slide objects to sequence events

Customer Reviews

Inspire reluctant writers with visual storytelling lesson plans. Elementary and middle school students use their imaginations to create a story that looks like a cartoon or animated comic strip. Upon completion, the graphic story is published as a link with the slides set to play automatically. Challenging digital storytelling optional activities support learning with optional assignments such as animation techniques, collaborative peer-editing, or screencasting.

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I have purchased the unit and it has been amazing. Everything you could possibly wish for is included in the resource pack. The children really appreciated the step by step walk through and were excited about how much they learned during the unit. They were so proud of their movies at the completion of the unit. I will be back to buy some more!

Andrea Smith, QLD Australia, St Paul's School


Very nice. Very organized. Thank You!

Christy C., Bremen, KY USA, Bremen Elementary School


TechnoKids technology projects are wonderful tools for teaching technology in a very meaningful way.

D. Krulak, MD, USA, The Boys' Latin School of Maryland

TechnoKids technology projects are wonderful tools for teaching technology in a very meaningful way.

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D. Krulak,
The Boys' Latin School of Maryland,

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