Building with Stories

A research-based framework for read alouds and shared stories using contemporary books like Hush! andThe Rainbow Fish; A stand-alone program or companion to ELSB

Product Features:
  • Aligns with state standards
  • Included as part of the ELSB research from UNCC
  • Features 10 award-winning storybooks commonly read in classrooms
  • Includes kit for adapting stories for student access and related manipulatives to encourage participation
  • Customized to teach students with an intellectual disability or autism
  • Fosters vocabulary understanding and knowledge, print awareness, listening skills, and communication independence
Product Item No. Price Qty
Building with Stories BS-20W $495.00
  • grade_k-5
  • Differentiated Instruction
    Differentiated Instruction

    This product integrates individualized student objectives to encourage active participation and access to learning.

  • Data Capture
    Data Capture

    This product includes ongoing assessments and progress monitoring tools to capture data and document student achievement.

  • Standards Alignment
    Standards Alignment

    This product aligns to both state and Common Core standards.



The Teacher’s Manual is centered on the ten-step framework developed by the UNCC research team. The Teacher Manual is organized by storybook title and includes a list of materials, AT suggestions, adaptation instructions, and scripted lessons. The Student Materials book has illustrated response pages with corresponding teacher scripts. It fosters vocabulary understanding, print awareness, listening comprehension, communication independence, and word knowledge.

Everything you need is included!

  • 10 Storybooks
  • 10 Story related manipulatives
  • An Adapting Kit
  • Repeating storyline stickers
  • Student Materials book
  • Teacher's Manual
  • CD with printable PDFs
  • Storage box

Incorporating Building with Stories in your classroom has multiple benefits: it aligns with state and national standards, provides students access to the general education curriculum, and gives you more time for teaching—less time needed for planning and adapting. The curriculum can be used with individual students, with small groups, or in inclusive classroom settings. Use in conjunction with the Early Literacy Skills Builder or as a stand-alone curriculum.

Storybooks included:

  • Amazing Grace
  • Anansi Does the Impossible
  • The Boy of the Three-Year Nap
  • Hush!
  • Madeline
  • Martha Speaks
  • Officer Buckle and Gloria
  • The Rainbow Fish
  • Stellaluna
  • Where the Wild Things Are

By Tracie Zakas, MS, and Linda Schreiber, MS, CCC-SLP. Student Materials: spiralbound full-color book, 300 pages; Teacher’s Manual: spiralbound book, 80 pages, includes PDF on Win/Mac CD with a Classroom License for printouts, 2010.

Building with Stories is also part of our Core Curriculum Solution: Elementary.


Additional Info

Additional Info

Subject English Language Arts, Literacy
Age Group Elementary
Author Tracie Zakas, MS; Linda Schreiber, MS, CCC-SLP
ISBN 1-57861-704-9, 1-57861-705-7
Format Print
Copyright 2010

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