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Tell a story with tone and color

Project Published 4/1/20 Last updated on 5/13/20

In this activity, primary/elementary students will learn about storytelling using tone and color by engaging with the big question: How can you tell a story with pictures and words?

Overview: Students will be asked "Have you ever had a totally different feeling about an event than your friend? For example, you remember the school dance as mega fun, but they remember it as scary and lonely?" Building off a combination of Khan Academy videos and lessons, students will then manipulate one photograph in three ways to convey starkly different moods. They will then learn to write a mini story to follow each picture and publish their work with Adobe Spark Page to share with their classmates.

Khan + Create Activity (ready for students, including step-by-step guides and all the resources they need to get started)

This is part of a Khan + Create series. For more information go here.

Note on format: This activity was created as a view-only Google Docs. Anyone can view this without needing a log on, and you can export to any standards file format (e.g. PDF or .docx), or edit to adapt as your own Google Doc to share. To do so, simply select File > Make a copy and add to your Google Drive, or download the file to your preferred file type.

  • Adobe Spark

    Adobe Spark is an easy-to-use tool that helps you turn your ideas into compelling social graphics, web stories, and animated videos

  • Premiere Rush

    Create and share online videos anywhere.

Age Levels
1-2 Hours
Content Standards
21st Century Skills Framework
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Empowered Learner, Students: Knowledge Constructor
CC License
Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
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Peter Krizovensky

Posted on 5/17/20 7:47:00 AM Permalink

​Smart directions, clear tutorial!

Lauren Petiti

Posted on 5/4/20 5:34:24 PM Permalink

​This is a wonderful resource during Distance Learning! Thank you!