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Do-It-Yourself Ringed Cards for Teaching Beginning, Middle, End & Story Development

by Sheila Zagula July 31, 2017 2 min read

Recently, I saw a clever sound blending idea on Pinterest using rings and small cards. It reminded me of our very popular blog using popsicle sticks to teach story elements using the Story Grammar Marker®.

With these thoughts in mind, here are three ideas that are simple to make and easy to transport from one site to another making them ideal for teachers/interventionists/therapists who move from class to class.


  • Myndology Ringed Card SetRinged cards already cut. I found a set at our local Walmart store by Myndology (75 blank cards in each pack, 2-1/8 x 3-5/16 inches, very reasonably priced).


To reinforce the story elements...

BeginningCharacter IconStarShoeHeart IconPlan Icon

Middle Action IconAction IconAction IconAction IconAction Icon

End Consequence IconResolution Icon

...I cut one each (same size as blank index cards) of green, yellow and red from the plastic folders and punched a hole at the tops for the rings. Using a half (one side) of the black folder, I punched three holes at the top.

With the STAMPede set, I stamped the icons.

Idea 1 Process 1

Idea 1 Process 2

I assembled cards to the black folder, as shown.

Idea 1 Finished Products


Using the same cards, put them all on one ring. Cards on One Ring

You could also add the names of each story element (icon) Cards with Icon Names

Add one more card after the Resolution with a message and/or sticker: “You did it! Great job!”Cards with Congratulations


This idea would also fit very nicely with our Fun Pack Card Deck! This colorful, eye-catching deck of cards (standard 52-card deck with 2 jokers) is for use with Narrative as well as Expository text. Each “suit” represents an “episode” of a narrative and the Jokers depict expository text features.

Since there are 4 suits in the deck of playing cards, you can make 4 sets of ringed cards by punching a hole in the top of each card. The “beginning” of the story is Ace, 2, 3 4, King and 5, the “middle” is 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and the “end” of the story is the Jack and Queen of one suit.

Ringed Card Deck Photo

Ringed Card Deck Photo 2Ringed Card Deck Photo 3

Games Booklet PhotoThere are also 10 suggested games in a booklet available on our website for use with the cards that incorporate lessons for working on language, thinking and social skills—all in conjunction with children’s literature & MindWing’s methodology.

These cards, by nature, are fun for all ages! And, they may be a particularly appealing manipulative for some adolescents (as opposed to Braidy the StoryBraid® or Story Grammar Marker® manipulatives).

All three ideas are easy to make, assemble, store, and will add variety to your lessons!

Sheila Zagula
Sheila Zagula

Sheila Zagula works with MindWing Concepts in product development, drawing on her expertise and talents as well as many years of implementing the Story Grammar Marker® and related materials. Her teaching career spans thirty-eight years, most recently as literacy coach in the Westfield Massachusetts Public School System. Sheila has experience as an early childhood educator, a teacher of children with special needs, and a collaborative instructor within an inclusion framework serving children in grades K-5.

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