Story Dice is a creative writing prompt tool to come up with ideas for plot, character, and setting. It can be used for both written and oral storytelling.
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"What we like to do, is take turns, each of us telling a story that uses all of those elements. And then we, as a family, vote on the best one." - Mark Frauenfelder, editor of Make Magazine, appearing on NPR Morning Edition
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This app can be used with a wide variety of age groups ranging from preschoolers to middle school and high school language arts students. The user interface is simple enough for ages 3+ to use without any additional instruction. The use of the app does not require reading, so it is an ideal tool for using in a preschool story circle (see lesson plans) as well as a general writing prompt for all ages without reading or native language barriers.
- Universal App!
- High-resolution graphics supporting Retina Display
- Choose number of dice to roll, 1-10.
- Realistic dice sounds and still images.
- 200+ pictograms in dictionary.
- Swipe to view previous rolls.
- No reading necessary.
- Optional game instructions included in app.
1. Charades - Use the single die roll to determine a charade item.
2. Stories With Friends - Form a circle. Roll the Story Dice (any number, 1-10). Create a sentence including all of the items from the dice. Pass to the next person and repeat, adding onto the story each time.
3. Song Challenge - Roll a single story die. Come up with a song that includes that item in the lyrics.
4. Poems With Friends - Same Stories With Friends, using only 1-2 dice, and create rhyming lines.
5. Drama Club - Roll dice (any number). Form a character using these items, then create an improv skit with friends as your characters!
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“Pictograms do not require the ability to read, which is great for my Kindergarteners and those who have difficulty reading.” - Consonantly Speaking, SLP blog
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Story Dice is primarily useful in higher order activities under Bloom’s Taxonomy, particularly Synthesis, where you create, invent, compose, predict, plan, construct, design, imagine, propose, devise, and/or formulate. You can devise less and more challenging activities, as in the following example.
Sample Journal Activity “My Perfect Day” using Bloom’s Taxonomy
Student/Short Version: Student will create a character using Story Dice, then describe/write/dramatize their own “perfect day” from their character’s perspective.
Teacher Version: Student will create a unique character using the Story Dice for seed ideas. After writing a short character sketch, student will compose a Journal Entry called “My Perfect Day” writing from their new character’s perspective. The evaluation step is the highest order activity and is a self-grading option.. Finally, a fun bonus option in a classroom or small workgroup setting is to have students perform their journal entries as monologues, in character, possibly interacting with each other, adding a drama element.
1. Knowledge: Roll five or more Story Dice. Identify and describe the pictures on dice.
2. Comprehension: Paraphrase the task (Journal Activity “My Perfect Day”) in which you will use the dice.
3. Application: Prepare a chart with five categories: name, age, job, pets, hobbies. Place each dice image within a category. Imagine that you are this character and write a short paragraph describing yourself in detail.
4. Analysis: Examine each feature of your character and determine what makes them special.
5. Synthesis: Compose a journal entry called “My Perfect Day” from the character’s perspective.
6. Evaluation: Decide what worked and what didn’t in your journal entry. Were you successful at combining the dice pictures in a believable way?
BONUS Activities: Perform journal entry as a monologue and interact with other students. Stay in character!
32 additional die faces for a total of over 200!
Updated to support latest devices
Ratings and Reviews
Just a simple little brainsparker. I use it for writing. Don't expect flashy graphics and animations, it just is so simple and minimal, and it's funny how looking at two little pictograms can shake your brain up and help you think in a different direction. Would love to see more pics added
I was considering whether to get this app of not because I thought it might give some good ideas...but then a few reviews had been rather bad. After looking at the review below me, I decided to see if they were correct. I downloaded the app and clicked on 'story'. As below review said, there was no way to get back to the home page. I was curious about what the other option did, so I deleted the app and redownloaded it. The other option was identical! I am assuming that it was just to look attractive, but I do think that some people should think before they review. Anyway, this app has really helped me with my writing, especially when I get writers block. My younger sister plays on this too, but makes up games to play with her toys based on the pictures. IT'S SO FANTASTIC AMD INSPIRATIONAL!!! Thank you!!!
A versatile app, useful in more ways you can think of
A versatile app for fun, exploring creative ideas and stories but also a great educational tool to help young kids develop their stories and expression. I use it to help me practice my new language skills; it challenges me to form sentences and stories in mandarin with a number of concepts/words. I know this is not it's primary intended use but it would be great to add more and more objects as i think it will be an excellent language learning tool
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.