Teaching Story Elements: Free Worksheets and Graphic Organizers for Kids

Understanding story elements is a great way to help students improve their reading comprehension.  Reading comprehension is vital in reading development so it is beneficial for students to have a good grasp on story elements from a young age.  I love teaching story elements in Kindergarten with a focus on characters, setting, BME (beginning, middle and end), conflict, and resolution.  I think it’s important to introduce these concepts early on so that as students grow, they will put these building blocks together to better understand plot, theme, main idea, author’s purpose, and more.

Story elements anchor chart for characters, setting and major event.

There are so many ways to teach story elements, but I always find that students show the highest level of interest and success when they are hands-on and interacting with the story.  I love anchor charts!  We work together to create big ones as a class but we also use smaller versions for reference around the room once the large ones come down.

* Note that the story used in each of these anchor charts is The Princess and the Frog.  They will go perfectly with the FREE resource below. *

Story elements anchor charts for reading.

Graphic organizers are another great visual for students to record their findings from the stories they read.  I love this flappy foldable because it can be used for any story and it shows student understanding of the text. Bonus: It is fun to create and complete!

Story elements foldable activity for characters, setting, conflict, resolution and plot sequence.

I also love teaching through music. I created these 3 short songs to help my students remember how to find the setting, characters, conflict, and resolution in a story.  They learn the songs quickly and they help as a quick mental reference.  These songs, as well as numerous other materials including 11 short story passages, can be found in my story elements pack.  This resource has everything you need to get your little ones engaged in the key elements of a story.

story elements activities

Now on to the FREEBIE!  I pulled some of my favorite graphic organizers and pages from this story elements resource and made them specific to the tale of The Princess and the Frog or The Frog Prince.  It includes a short story with comprehension questions and several other ways for students to identify the story elements from this tale.  

free story elements activities

I hope you enjoy them!  Thank you for stopping by!

Lindsay Keegan

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