ESL Story Bank

Co-created by adult educators using stories from the Pre-Beginning and Beginning ESL Story Banks, CrowdED Learning is proud to offer instructors Wakelet collections with engaging Jamboard activities and Flippity typing practice.

PDF Lessons

Download, print, or adapt the original Literacy Minnesota ESL Story Bank Lessons in PDF. These documents contain guidance around how to use the stories, as well as several excellent practice activities!


Activity Collections

Open the collections to read the story, preview and make editable copies of the Jamboard activites, and get a link to typing practice that uses the story's text!

Resource Library

To see all of the available activities in one place, use this spreadsheet which contains links to all of the digital learning activities to view, copy, adjust, and share as you see fit.

ESL Story Bank Lessons

Activity Collections

Pre-Beginning Wakelet collections include

  1. the story in numbered sentence + paragraph form

  2. Jamboard activities to practice sentence building, phonics, word families, and vocabulary using the Color Vowel® chart*

  3. Flippity typing practice

Beginning Wakelet collections include

  1. the story in paragraph form

  2. Jamboard activities to practice sentence building and vocabulary using the Color Vowel® chart*

  3. Flippity typing practice

⚡ Bring the ESL Story Bank stories to life with Immersive Reader, which enables learners to hear the story read aloud, translate words, adjust font for readability, and more!

NOTE: Wakelet contents may vary depending on which activities are included in the original lessons.

*Educators must be complete Color Vowel Chart training in order to use the Color Vowel Chart materials.

Developed by Adult Educators

Thank you to the 2021 EdTech Maker Space Cohort, whose tireless dedication and commitment to literacy education for adults helped to create the resources organized here to supplement the ESL Story Bank stories.

Andrea Lypka

Andrea Stutzman

Brittany Taylor

Carolyn Klein

Dan Norris

Jane Michael

Jennifer Bonsteel
Juanita Fisher

Katie Edwards

Lama Masri

Liz Pandya

Loren Zander

Ludette Agura

Madeleine Pella-Schwartz
Melissa Nankin

Patricia Sawyer

Paula Amadeo

Sajida Arif

Stephanie Smith

Tara Lewis

Vaishali Deshpande

Xavier Muñoz

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

This project was organized and funded by Maryland TESOL, TESOL International Affiliate! Thank you to Maryland TESOL's board of volunteers for their dedication to bringing innovative professional development and networking opportunities to TESOL educators in Maryland.

Thank you to English Language Training Solutions for training all of the participants in this EdTech Maker Space to use the Color Vowel Chart and allowing us to include that great resource in our supplemental activities for other trained Color Vowel Chart educators across the country!

CrowdED Learning is an initiative of the EdTech Center@World Education.