What are Book Builders?
Book Builders are printable flip books created to help your students master sight words, phonics skills, and increase vocabulary. As a bonus, your students will have fine motor practice in cutting, gluing, and coloring (optional) their books. Book Builders is a versatile resource that can be taught once, but used again and again with your students!
Each Book Builder is comprised of to parts - the sentence or question frame and the word set. The sentence/question frame comes two to a page. The word sets include six words per page.
How difficult are the Book Builders to read?
The sentence and question frames consist only of sight words. The complete sentences are four to five words. The best part of Book Builders is you can choose sight words your students are working on or that they are familiar with, then you can pair those sight words with a phonics skill or thematic set of words to complete their book!
There are 50 sentence frames included. Many of these are variations of the same sentence, such as "He got a...", "I got a...", and "She got a...". While this may seem repetitive, keep in mind that you do not have to use all the sentence frames included. This also gives you the opportunity to work on a particular sight word, such as "got", several times.
There are currently 25 question frames included. Many of these are variations of the same sentence, such as "Did he see a...", "Did she see a...", and "Did you see a...".
There are over 60 word choice sets for you to choose from when having your students assemble their books. You can choose to use your book builders with two types of word choices - phonics based words or thematic words.
To keep this resource as versatile as possible, you will find that all the words are nouns. This allows the word sets to be used with any sentence frame. There are no plurals included. Again, this helps make sure that every word set can be used with each sentence or question frame (subject/verb agreement). Finally, you will find there are no word sets that begin with vowel sounds. Over twenty of the sentence and question frames use the word "a", which would not be compatible with words that begin with a vowel.
When choosing your word sets, keep in mind that some sentences are better suited for the phonics word sets than others. All the word sets will work with any sentence or question frame, but it may make more sense to your students that "He saw the cookie." rather than "I play with a cookie." Both sentences will work, but most kids know not to play with cookies!
There are over 30 word sets that feature phonics skills. These include alphabet, CVC, CVCe, blends, and digraphs.
Alphabet: the alphabet word sets have six nouns that begin with a particular letter (excluded letters: a, e, i, o, q, u, x, z)
CVC: there CVC word sets for each medial vowel sound
CVCe: there CVCe word sets for CaCe, CiCe, and CoCe words
Digraphs: there are a few words sets that focus on beginning digraphs (ch, sh, wh) and one word set of mixed beginning and ending digraphs
Blends: there are separate word sets for l blends, r blends, and s blends
There are over 30 word sets based on a particular theme such as animals or seasons. These words do not stick to any pattern and can be more difficult to read. Your students should still be able to read their books using the pictures as clues.
How should I use Book Builders in my classroom?
I would suggest introducing the books with small groups during guided reading time. Once your students know how to build their books, the activity can be used during literacy centers, as morning work, or for students that complete their other work early. After the books are assembled, your students can read them again and again!
You include a lot of options with this resource. Is it difficult to find and print the pages I need?
I suggest printing a full set of this resource and storing the originals in a binder. This way you can easily flip through your choices and make your copies quickly.
If you don't want to print the full resource, each part of your resource comes in separate PDFs - Sentence Frames, Question Frames, Phonics Word Choices, and Thematic Word Choices. Within each PDF there is also a clickable table of contents so you can see your choices at a glance and click through to your frame or word set easily.
My students love their Book Builders so much that the pages are falling off! What should I do?
The books can be made by gluing the pages together. If you find your students are too rough with their books or you just don't have an ample glue supply, the books can be stapled together also.
I love using Book Builders in my classroom! Will you be adding more sentence frames or word choices?
More sentence or question frames may be added in the future, however space is limited with these books and not all sentence frames fit on the page. New word sets may also be added in the future, but options are limited to nouns and it can be difficult to find a set of words that work together and can be used with any sentence or question. If you would like to see a particular sentence frame or word set, feel free to contact me through the Q & A section in my store and I will do my best to make that happen.