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Get Ready to Roll with Story Dice

They say that a picture tells a thousand words. And if that’s true, your classes are about to get a whole lot more to talk about! Because this week, EMC² Learning is rolling out an all new top level category of resources that is loaded with more than 60 different picture-based activities. Say hello to Story Dice Central: a massive hub of fully editable templates that includes dozens of themed collections, Print-and-Play Dice, Virtual Story Spinners, and all kinds of high energy lesson planning strategies that are guaranteed to get your students talking.

Let’s take a sneak peek at what’s inside!

Picture this: Nine embedded image randomizers on a single screen. Push play, and 54 different icons in a single themed set go whirling by in random sequence like a giant slot machine. And with the press of a single button, you’ve just whipped up one of more than 10 million possible combinations. Now start writing!

Whether you’re looking for unexpected prompts for some your course content (“Which of these nine images is most closely related to what we’re currently studying? Why do you say that?”) or hoping for a quick way to inspire anything from flash fiction to brainstorming and creative writing (“Can you tell me a story that incorporates at least three of the images you see on the screen?”) — just give a click to the collection of your choice and your Digital Story Spinners are ready to roll.

Let the good times roll with any one of these printer-friendly collections of Story Dice! These print-and-play manipulatives are a fun way to add tactile excitement to any lesson plan, and make for a great addition to classrooms who might be looking to take a break from too much screen time.

Each fully editable collection features nine six-sided dice with 54 eye-catching icons related to the theme of your choice. And every icon can be individually resized or swapped in and out at your discretion to ensure that all of the images included in your lineup are 100% appropriate for your learners (need to nix the battle ax? No sweat. A single click will make it magically vanish into thin air)!

Simply pick the theme of your choice and fire up the trusty old printer to hit the ground running… er, rolling! 

Story Dice Showdown is a hilarious way for students to let the images do the talking in a high-energy battle of wits and one-upsmanship. Using a teacher-selected combination of just nine images, student teams will have a blast fusing content knowledge with creativity in an effort to outwit their opponents and take on the most outrageous arguments from all comers.

Each themed activity collection comes complete with 54 different images and an icon interface that’s quickly customizable to suit the unique needs of your course content. Oh yeah! Did we mention that each download comes with a customized, colorful array of power-up items designed to enhance the theming and invite *just a bit* of classroom chaos to heighten the fun for everyone? Let the games begin!

Whether you’re looking for those perfect icons set to help you set the stage for a swashbuckling pirate lesson plan on the high seas or in search of an image library where the images help inspire your students’ imaginations to boldly go where no classroom has gone before, the themed Story Dice resource hub truly does have something for everyone… not to mention plenty more themed collections to come in the future!

At launch we’ve got more than a dozen different themed collections in this lineup for teachers to choose from — each with 54 unique images inspired by the collection’s central organizing theme. Have your students pick an assorted handful of icons from any of these existing sets to get the creative ideas rolling in your classroom, or work your teacher magic behind the scenes to take the creativity to a whole new level as you challenge your students to make sense of a massive “greatest hits” lineup curated from the larger mix-and-match collection of multiple Story Dice sets at once.

The activities featured in this blog post are just a handful of the 400+ resources available in the EMC² Learning library. This entire library is available to Engagement Engineers and members of the Creative Corps, and is included with your annual site membership. We hope you’ll consider joining us as an Engagement Engineer to unlock a full year of site access. For complete details including our exclusive limited time offer for annual site membership, click here.

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1-8 Teacher

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