I created this ABC Book template as a creative approach to keep my second graders engaged while writing biographies of Ruby Bridges for Black History month. It can be used for many different purposes in many different ways! Each page becomes it's own alphabet tabbed page when you cut the remaining letters off (you'll copy one page per letter in the alphabet). It really stands out and looks great when it is all compiled together. :)
We created a class book using the template. Each student was given one letter of the alphabet and we brainstormed different words that could be used for each letter. We then voted on the best word for each letter.
Students wrote their rough drafts on post it notes and collaborated with peers and myself to edit any changes. They then copied their final piece of work on the page itself. We chose to color the tabbed letters in a pattern to make them pop (red and purple), but you could have students choose their own colors or leave them blank too. When all of the pages were complete we laminated and bound our book and it really stands out!! We got great compliments on our books from other teachers and students and will continue to make ABC books in the future because they were so quick and easy to make!
For your convenience, I have included several different templates of the book. This pack includes:
-A cover page
-A blank version of the ABC pages
-2 lined versions for primary students of the ABC pages
-A lined version for intermediate students of the ABC pages
I left the cover blank for you to customize it for yourself! We printed ours on cardstock, typed and pasted the title and pictures to the cardstock and then laminated the cover! You could have your students decorate the page or be as creative as you wish with it!
A word of advice! I purposely made the letters J and Q a little longer so they would be easier to cut. These letters still need careful hands to cut them (and benefit from being laminated so they are more secure), so they may require some adult cutting assistance depending on the age/skill of your students. :)
Thanks so much for your purchase and for your feedback! I'd love to know how you are using ABC books in your classroom! :)
Here are some ideas for ABC books to get you started:
-Animals in the alphabet
-Vocabulary Books for Content Areas
-A class biography book on a famous person
-Back to school words
-End of the year celebrations
-Sight word books!
-ABC's of Me (All About Me)
-Favorite Things (books, etc.)
-An ABC Summer Book (to prep students for the end of the year!) :)
-A Writing Center Option :)