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Making books with your students is a great way to get children reading and writing. It's also the perfect opportunity to have students take their writing home to read with their families. This collection is full of ideas to get you started making books with your students!
Class Books
Posted by:luv2teach77 #143880

I make several class books throughout the year. I love that these books get my students into writing about things they enjoy and reading each others writing. They always ask, "when's it my turn to take the book home?"

Here's a list of some of the class books we make throughout the year. My list is at school so this is what I can remember off the top of my head.

*Our Names are Very Special (written after reading Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and researching how they got their names)
*Our Weird Parents (written after reading Weird Parents by Audrey Wood...students write about weird things their parents do)
*Our Apple Picking Trip (written after a field trip to the apple orchard)
*Our Pets are Special (written after reading Henry and Mudge from our reading books)
*What We Like...

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Class Books
Posted by:liketeaching1 #143850

Yes, we do class books! It is a most rewarding experience for the students and their parents. I would get my ideas from a book we had used at shared reading, read alouds, basal reading story, etc. Mine just came out of my head. Each child would do a page and then I would put them in the order of my kids' student numbers (first name ABC order). I would add a few pages at the back with the student's names and an area to write.

The parents got to write their comments, etc. If the student brought it back the next day they received a sticker. If they didn't bring it back for several days they would lose the privilege of taking them home. I had a place on the dry erase board where I would write the names of the books circulating and add the name of the...

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Class Books
Posted by:Teacher5yrs #20064

I have my 2nd graders make enough class books throughout the year that each child will get to take home a classbook from 2nd grade. We play bingo at the end of the year and each book is the prize for that round. Once a child wins a book they can still play, but earn a skittle for winning the next time around. Anyway, my parents have always loved that they will get a special keepsake from their child's year. I teach in a small school, so most of these kids will be together in highschool and it is fun for them to have 2nd grade book that each of their classmates participated in.

The first one I've done so far is a book on Summer. They are to fold a large 12x18 paper in half, and on one side write a sentence and draw a picture of...

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Posted by:teach4fun #143852

Each of my books is written by the kids with a template from me at the beginning of the year, and on their own after christmas.

For example, I have the children write a sentence with an adjective. If they choose a sentence about a girl they have to give an adj about the girl. Then if the girl finds a bug they have to describe a bug. There has to be at least two nouns with two adj in the sentence. They write the sentence at the bottom of the page and illustrate above. I divide the adj book into sections to help with the flow of the book.

Last year the kids decided we would go to a park. So the first section was who came and what they brought, then what they saw when they got there and then lastly what they did. We...

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class book
Posted by:Jo #19346

We make an "All About Me" book the first week of school. Each student writes an autobiographical piece about himself/herself and draws a self portrait. They tell things about themselves that they want others to know. Each gives an oral report from their article. Then the pages are laminated and bound together as our class book for the year. When a new student comes to our class, they are given the book to take home to acquaint themselves with others in our class. I always put out books from years past for viewing too. The kids love it and it helps new students find kids with similar interests to befriend.

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class made books
Posted by:Michele #62779

We make a class book every week or so, I try to have enough for each student to have one at the end of the year. These are re-written stories (today we did a re-make of Dog's Don't Wear Sneakers by Laura Joffe Numeroff) At any rate, how I do it is: I read the story to my kids, then we talk about the different aspects of the story (author's purpose, different writing strategies- obviously in first grade terms). We brainstorm different ideas: in the book Dog's Don't wear... many different animals try wearing lots of outfits and doing different things. It has rhyming words and a definite rhythm, so it was easy to write blank pages and have the kids fill in the blanks. (Mine looked like ___________ don't _______ _______. And ___________ don't _________ ____________. ) The kids did 1 page...for instance Bears don't play basketball (illustration of a bear playing...

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Class Books
Posted by:Kim #63108

We make class books using the students' names. I use a read aloud book to kick off whatever class book we are doing. We did The Kissing Hand and I had the students make a hand print on paper. I used the sentence: I see _______'s kissing hand.

For Brown Bear Brown Bear we made the book Children, Children, Who Do you See? I have the students pictures on the pages with the words ___________, _____________, who do you see? I see __________ looking at me.

I am now making a book titled The Apples of Mrs. Chartier's Eye. I have a students picture inside an apple on each page. The leaf is velcroed with the student's name. The children have to match the names to the pictures in the book. After we read the book as a class, I let the children take it home to share with...

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Names on Papers
Posted by:Emme #143853

Use this [song] the first week of school. Soon, as you start to sing it, they'll join, the next month they'll start to sing on their own, while writing their name on the paper (tune: "If You're Happy")

"The first thing on my paper is my name (clap clap)
The first thing on my paper is my name (clap clap)
Mrs Smith needs to know
Who did this work and so
The first thing on my paper is my name."(clap clap)

Another idea - attach highlighters to the basket where they hand in their work, and they can highlight their names. First grade loves to use the highlighter, so if the name is missing they'll go back and put it on. Or let them keep a highlighter in their pencil box for this job.

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Posted by:jen517 #143849

We make class books almost weekly about all different things. For earth day we read "Dear Mother Earth" and they wrote a friendly letter to Mother Earth telling her what they will do to take care of her. When we were learning about story problems in math they each illustrated and wrote one and put the answer on the back. The first week of school we do a "Guess Who" book that is probably the favorite to learn about their classmates.

I laminate the cover and bind the books and they hold up all year. To send them home I bought the bright colored mailing envelopes (that have almost a bubble wrap feel at Walgreens) and have a letter packing taped on the front instructing them to read it as a family, write a comment to the class on the comments pages...

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alphabet books
Posted by:Amanda #19460

I will be creating alphabet books with my students in the first week (hopefully!). My kids are 1st/2nd grade, so their minimum should be things like "A is for Apple" "B is for Boat", etc. but for 3rd grade and up, alphabet books can be more complex like "After Art I Ate An Apple", "By Breakfast Bob Burnt Bacon and Buttered Buns", etc. Plus, there are so many different kinds of alphabet books out there you could get from the library to show as examples! (one I like that I can't recall the name has an ant on each page drawn to describe one word like "abundANT", "observeANT"). Then, once behavior is set, you could talk to a teacher of a lower grade about having your students go over and read their book to a buddy.

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Class books
Posted by:Dina #10534

My favorite class book that I have done two years now is a version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear. We take pictures of each students and make pages with the words _________,__________, what do you see? Leave a space so they can glue their picture. Then the words I see ____________ looking at me. I use writing fonts that allow me to put the writing lines for the students to write their names. They write their name, glue their picture on, and then pass it to their neighbor and they write their name on the last line. It is the number one book my students read in the reading corner. It will also show them how much improvement they have made at writing their name.

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Class Books
Posted by:MalibuBarbie #143848

I LOVE making class books with my class! I usually do take-offs from shared reading/read aloud books. I send the books home with kids each night and this procedure works GREAT! I sent bits of the following idea into Mailbox magazine. They took the idea but I never saw that it was published in a magazine yet- The following includes a LOT more details!

Laminate the front and back covers (construction paper or card stock) of class-made books and staple the books together with a heavy duty stapler. Use clear packaging tape as "binding". It covers the staples nicely and adds extra reinforcement. The kids pages are usually done on regular copy paper. They hold up very nicely when bound this way. I typically have from 20 to 25 students each year.

Reduce a class list to about 70% on...

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Class Books
Posted by:Kim C #66194

I've made 5 books with my class so far. The 1st book I made myself. I put each child's picture on a cut out apple and labeled the book "The Apples of Mrs. Chartier's Eye!" I put their names on leaf cut outs to be velcroed to each apple. The children took the book home and matched names to faces. I also had parents work on beginning and ending letters for each name. (I teach K)

The next book was "The Kissing Hands." I read the picture book to the class and each child made a stamped hand print on a page with the sentence "I see ____'s kissing hand." I use the kindergarten words in my books. You can use the grade 1 words from your district. I read "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?" and made the class book "Children, Children, Who Do You...

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class books
Posted by:Judith #63970

I do one every week or so. We do predictable charts - a 4 block ideas. On Monday and Tuesday each student dictates a sentence which I chart. For instance, "I know its fall gets dark early". Everyone completes the sentence.
On Wednesdays students read their own sentences and the class echos.
On Thursdays, we do a few things like which sentence has the longest word. Find the nouns, etc.
On Friday we read again. The students copy their sentences and expand on them and do an illustration. I put these together into a class book. I just use a file fold with a fancy, laminated cover. The students love to read these books.

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