Creating a Story Board Using Microsoft PowerPoint and Word Level: Primary Grades Shanah Yandell, Presenter email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Story Boards are great manipulative activities and can be used in the primary grades to cover several objectives. In Ladybug Landscape, children are required to count, recognize numbers and pictures, and compare using more or less. At first grade level, this same story board game can be used to generate addition and subtraction problems. In Jake’s Neighborhood, children can practice directionality, ordinal numbers, counting, recognize numbers and pictures, and compare using more or less. Jake’s Neighborhood in first grade could use the story board to generate a sequencing story and practice writing. Today’s objective is to spur your imagination! What story board could you create to meet your personal classroom needs. Below are the basic computer instructions to create a story board with a matching set of cards. Computer: 1. Open PowerPoint and select a blank presentation: Start Programs Microsoft PowerPoint New 2. Choose a Blank Slide Layout from the Slide Layout Option: Slide Layout Content Layout Blank 3. Select Background Color: Format Background Arrow Down for Drop Down Menu 4. Insert ClipArt from Clips Online with theme of Story Board: Insert Clip Art Clips Online (Internet required) 5. Copy and paste the clips onto the slide as desired. 6. To resize the clips, click and drag on corner handle of clip. To Create Matching Cards using Word: 1. Open Word: Start Programs Microsoft Word 2. Change orientation and margins: File Page Setup Orientation Landscape File Page Setup Margins 0.5” on all four sides 3. Change the View to Print Layout: View Print Layout (This is the “what you see is what you get” view and let’s you really see what’s happening with your document). 4. Change the View to see the entire document: View Zoom Whole Page 5. Insert a Table to create the cards: Table Insert Table 6. Make the pop-up box read 4 columns and 2 rows as shown: 7. Drag the bottom line of the table until it is just above the bottom margin on the page. 8. Distribute the rows evenly to make all the cards the same size and dimensions: Table Autofit Distribute Rows Evenly 9. Your table is now ready for your to input information and create your cards. An example is shown below. 10. Use the copy and paste tools from PowerPoint to put your clips into your table. 11. Resize as needed and add text as desired. 12. Remember that everything that worked in PowerPoint, works in Word EXCEPT you have to change the TEXT WRAPPING feature to TIGHT. a. After you copy and paste your clips, open the Picture Toolbar: View Toolbars Picture Click on the clip art and when the tool bar appears, click on the dog icon: Choose Tight from the drop down menu: Editing ClipArt to meet your needs: 1. Insert a clip art into a blank document or slide. 2. Ungroup clip art: Draw Ungroup 3. Click “Yes” to the above. 4. The picture is now covered in “Handles” (the white circles surrounding parts of a picture). 5. Click off the picture so that all the handles disappear. 6. Click on individual pieces of the picture and choose what you want to do (delete, recolor, move, etc.) 7. As you manipulate the parts of the picture, don’t worry about going too far – UNDO is there for you. 8. After you have the picture you want, Use the Select button to complete select the entire picture. 9. All of the handles will reappear. Regroup the picture: Draw Group. 10. Manipulate the picture as desired.
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