As I have mentioned before, I love for my students to make keepsakes in class, and these little books are one of my favorite things to make! We make them several times a year for different occasions and almost always for the different seasons. They’re easy to make, and a lot of learning and work goes into them!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 13″x9″ inch sheet of construction paper
- Four sheets of writing paper (download one sheet here – each student will need one; just cut apart the four small pages)
- Die-cut shape (depending on the book’s topic)
- Permanent Marker
- I always pre-make the books first. To make, cut a 13″x9″ sheet of construction paper. Glue a die-cut shape on the front, and laminate!
- Then, fold the sheet of construction paper in half. Place four sheets of writing paper inside and staple.
- Using a permanent marker, write the title of the book. I usually let the kids write their own name on the cover when they get their book.
- When making these books, we begin with the whole class participating in a brainstorming session. For the fall books, I wrote “Fall” in a big circle. Then, I made a bubble map with the following four sections: Clothes, Activities, Mother Nature, and Animals. We brainstormed for each section separately. We talked about how Fall affects the clothes we wear, activities we participate in, the weather/mother nature, and animals.
- After brainstorming, kids write two sentences about each topic. For example, they write two sentences about how the weather/mother nature is in Fall.
- When finished writing their sentences, they bring them to me/an assistant/volunteer to edit.
- Once their sentences are edited, students receive their book. They rewrite their sentences on each page, then illustrate and color each page.
- When finished, you might want students to share their books with other students in the class or send them home. Parents will love these adorable books!