Thursday, February 23, 2012

Make a Simple Class Book

I am honored to have Leanne Baur from Teaching Tales guest blog for me today!  Take it away Leann....

Hi!  I am Leanne Baur and I run the blog, Teaching Tales.  I have been a primary teacher for over ten years in almost every grade-level!  I am a mother to a little boy, Sebastian, and I have been married to my husband, Chris for the same amount of time I have been teaching. I love what I do and I wouldn't change it for the world!

As a teacher, we all have times where we want to share a simple activity that is fun and engaging for all students.  If you are like me, you will want an activity that takes little prep time, few materials, and not too much of your planning block!  One strategy I use is to create a variety of class books. 

To make a class book,  you simply need to begin with a topic in mind.  Some that I have made are:  winter, money, A Bad Case of the Stripes, and words of kindness.  You can use any theme-related idea!  Basically, the students and I brainstorm ideas that correspond with the topic or book selection and create a web.  These ideas will be typed separately on sheets of paper (one idea typed at the bottom of a page) to be used the next day. 

Once you meet with the students again, you will have them select which page they would like to illustrate.  Remind them that because this will be added to a class book, it should be their neatest and most creative work.  When they are finished, they submit the illustrated pages to you and you can publish it in a variety of ways.  You can use a book-binding machine if you have one or you may simply use a three-hole punch on the sheets and fasten them into a folder.  You could laminate each page and tie it with a ribbon.  However you decide to do it, be sure to make a BIG DEAL out of adding it to the classroom library for everyone to read!  Students will be asking for the next book over and over again!


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  1. I love classroom books and love seeing that others do too! (We have enough at the end of the year that everyone gets 2 or 3 for souvenirs.) Great post!

    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. I love class made books too! So much fun and the kids love to read them over and over again!
    Conversations in Literacy


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