App of the Week – Rory’s Story Cubes

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Price: $2.49

Version: 2.2.7

Updated: February 12, 2016

Size: 82 MB

Category: Story Creation, ELA

Rory’s Story Cubes are contained in an app that you and your students will go back to again and again. From grade 1 all the way through school, students trip over the story they will tell, what it will be about, who will be in it.  Here’s a challenge:  shake the 9 dice that appear on the Rory’s Story Cubes App and then start your story.  Include as many of the 9 pictures as you can in your story.

“Nine cubes, 54 images, 10 million combinations, infinite stories,” so says the advertising and I think it may be true.  Start with using 3 of the pictures, then work your way up to include all 9. Differentiate for students.

Screen capture the 9 dice in position in order to work for longer on each story or to mix the cubes up for the next student. In-app purchases include other sets of dice.  For example, purchase dice with Actions or verbs as their common theme, or mythic creatures.  “Clues” came as an extra set on the day I purchased the original set of cubes.

This app will challenge good writers to work with the images they are given.  The images on the dice can also help struggling writers to focus their energies on ideas already in front of them.  Rory’s Story Cubes have various uses in the classroom and it is challenging enough to work with students up to grade 6 and struggling writers in the middle grade classroom.

Rory’s Story Cubes, the real dice set, is also available to purchase from Amazon.ca and other education resource providers.  They are a great boost for your struggling writers in whichever format suits your classroom.

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