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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.
- 170 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!
What's New in Version 1.5
More pictures: 30 additional die faces for 170 total
History: swipe backwards to see previous rolls
Better support for iOS 7 and 4 inch Retina devices
I have the Rory's Story Cubes but always misplace them. This app is definitely worth the price. Haven't clicked through to see all the pictures yet, so not sure about the amount of pictures it has yet. One suggestion for fixing would be to allow outside music to be played while using this app. I write with music and usually switch to the app when I get stuck, I don't like having my music stop right when I get going, as it takes away precious seconds...especially when I do word sprints to write. I'd like to play music and have this app opened constantly for that reason.
Advice for people complaining it's limited: take one dice at a time. Try to use your imagination for the picture on the dice, yes, but also to the events surrounding the die; leading up to it, surroundings, smells, characters. Add depth to it. I've written over 25,000 words in just using 5 dice. You just gotta be creative in your thinking patterns!
Otherwise great app! Love it! Highly recommended!
Ok but limited.
It has potential but is just like many other creative writing tools in iOS, it lacks customization and what you get is just a toy. It would be nice if I could change the graphics in the dice by adding photos or words. The only important setting it has, is to control the number of dices it rolls. As it is now, is too generic and simple for writers.
perfect for my 1st grader!!
I started using this the summer between kinder & 1st grade. he LOVES it. first we started just telling the story, by mid-summer he was writing his stories. it has really helped him by expanding his thinking and writing more than 1 sentence during 'free choice' writing at school.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Feb 24, 2014
- Version: 1.5
- Size: 12.5 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Thinkamingo Inc
- © 2014 Thinkamingo Inc
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.