Program Overview

Start with a Story The North Star Overview

Start with a Story: The North Star

Designed for all learning environments, the Start with a Story program ties the works of New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds to hands-on SEL, literacy and STEAM activities. Each lesson pack focuses on one book and includes five or more lessons to inspire creative learning and story activation for students in grades k-5. While teachers can begin with any lesson, we encourage instructors to start with a book reading and an SEL activity and/or the team-building activity before moving onto animation, engineering, and/or journaling.

About Start with a Story: The North Star

The North Star, the first book written by Peter H. Reynolds, is an allegorical story about a boy finding his way. As we find our own ways in life, this book encourages us to consider what we want to be guiding us: someone else’s plan for us or our own constellation of stars. Through the 7+ lessons in Start with a Story: The North Star students identify what people, ideas, activities, and experiences are important to them as they consider who they want to be, where they want to be going, and even what encouragement they’ll need along the way

Note: Licenses to Animation-ish and FabMaker Studio are recommended for two of the lessons. If you would like to purchase autographed books by Peter H. Reynolds visit his online bookshop, The Dot Central.

Annual Access to Curriculum = $50