Stories make an excellent introduction to a language, mathematics, social studies, or science unit of study. Use a story that introduces the concept to develop comprehension for subject-related vocabulary. Ask children to describe the vocabulary by illustrating how the terms were used in the story.
Stories can provide a wonderful whole or small group demonstration of a concept that has previously been introduced. Children can discuss their personal experiences related to the concepts presented in the story. A great comprehension activity can begin by providing students with a writing/picture prompt in which they are asked to summarize, explain, or illustrate how the concept was used in the story. The connections children establish by associating personal experience with the details of a story can produce greater understanding of a concept.