Animal Story Starters. Print out these animal story starters on lined paper to supplement your fairy tale unit or jungle theme, or print them all out just for fun. Stimulate imagination and give your students some time for creative writing. Researchers say that writing has become the lost "R" in reading, writing, and 'rithmetic, and suggest that students get more practice writing daily, even over the summer! Writing practice will boost handwriting, grammar, and spelling skills, too. Supports CCSS ( common core state standards ) for narrative writing in grades K-3. Kindergarten children often enjoy dictating stories for adults to write down, and these sheets can be keepsakes of the sweetest memories. Have students draw their own pictures on blank paper if they like, using the cartoon characters as guides.