Introducing narrative art to the 1st grade crew is not always easy. They tend to lean on words to tell their stories, and it's a struggle to get them to draw the action, and leave off the words and arrows (you know, the word tree pointing to the tree in the picture?). I don't know what made me think of trying this method, but it worked very well, and it's going in the "Keeper" file. I read the kids the book "Sweet Dream Pie"; a cute story about a group of neighbors who eat too much sweet pie- and their dreams are not so sweet. We then made 3 lists - a list of characters, or creatures, a list of actions, and a list of places. Students were to pick one from each list, and create a picture- perhaps a giraffe, jumping rope at a birthday party? The crazier the better. This method allowed students to have a concrete thing to draw, but also allowed great freedom of choice. I did lead them in constructing a "pie". It was a good review on cutting/basic craftsmanship and direction following, and it gave my more hesitant artists some comfort.