I've had an afternoon storytelling club for elementary students now for about 20 years. We're beginning this year's "Tiger Tellers" club this Tuesday so I thought it would be fun and hopefully educational for anyone out there that might consider creating a storytelling club yourself or at least using some of our ideas and activities in the classroom or library! We'll meet twice every month until mid May. It looks like we'll have about 30 students this year based on the first round of forms that were sent out to all of the 3rd - 5th graders at Tuscany Heights Elementary. Our school caters to several after school clubs so the students have a pow wow with their parents and decide whether they can commit themselves to one of these clubs. This year there will be four of us (two teachers, one librarian, and myself) sponsoring the club. I know how fortunate I am to have these sponsors! Often, we divide these students up into smaller groups so they don't feel intimidated while polishing the stories that they are working on and the groups are perfect for active, engaging activities. Below are two forms that I use to entice the students to join the club. I'm keeping them in Word Doc. so you can easily change it all around when you're ready to jump in;) - see, I have high hopes for clubs to appear everywhere!
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