This is a “create a book” center that will save you time, create adorable individual books for students to keep, is aligned with Common Core, and teaches the writing process. It is differentiated according to student’s needs and interest levels.
You will have to MODEL this process for the children a couple times, and then watch them take off on their own for the entire school year with no help or very little from you. It covers opinion, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing.
Step 1: Print all the pages out and have them laminated. If students have a favorite, print out more than one copy of the story.
Step 2: Only put out about 10 pages, to fit your kid’s needs at the station.
Step 3: Students pick out a story of interest.
Step 4: If the bottom of the page says “5 pages +Title Page”, then the student will take 5 pieces of blank paper and one more for the title page. (6 pages total) I set it up this way so students realize they have to make a title page.
Step 5: Students will either staple, tape or cut and fold pages to make a blank book. I let my class use copy paper, but you can cut yours in half, if you want to save paper.
Once students have the book together, they decorate the title page with a fancy title and add their name as the author and/or illustrator. Then the number 1. line is the sentence they write on PAGE 1 and illustrate the sentence (or paragraph for older students). I have them put numbers at the pages, so they remember what page they are on, and it reinforces number skills for the little ones. Students may take the entire center to create just the cover page or they may complete a whole book depending on how they work. When they finish they are to choose another story. It is never ending. On Friday, I let students share their books with each other or the class. When students get to Story #5 and up, the magic of their own writing begins to take shape. It’s very exciting to see the progress from this activity!
Story A,B,C = Beginning Kindergarten Students
Story #1-#6 = Kindergarten and First Graders
Story #7-#14 = Second and Third Graders
They are aligned with Common Core Standards.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.1 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.2 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.K.3
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