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Intergenerational Learning Activities: Storytelling

Whether it is the tale of a heroine or hero embarking on a perilous journey or the enduring power of love, people of all ages enjoy the entertainment provided by a good story.

The possibilities for intergenerational connections through storytelling are limitless.  With the support of the Verizon Foundation and resources on Thinkfinity.org, this guide provides brief activity descriptions geared toward a broad range of ages. We encourage you to submit additional suggestions and to connect with other older adults in an online user group for grandparents and volunteers with similar interests.

Kindergarten to Grade 6: What Fairy Tale Ending Would You Change?

  • Rewrite the ending to your favorite fairy tale
  • Make a scrap book with family photos to tell stories about fun vacations, celebrations and pets.  A grandparent or older adult volunteer is a great help in making these books and is encouraged to also bring out their own family albums and share fun photos of their lives.
  • Explore history with these interactive story activities

Grades 6 to 8: Motivation through Storytelling

  • Read scary stories together and then write your own!
  • Interview someone and then use a five-step process to write a story

Grades 9 to 12: The Power of Storytelling

  • Learn about an author’s stylistic choices
  • Discover the importance of oral storytelling and dramatization

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