Each and every year that I teach second grade, I start with Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle as my very first read aloud book! And each and every year my students make their own illustrated Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books!
This is an awesome project for two reasons:
1. It provides great examples of students’ writing abilities at the
beginning of the year;
2. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle sets the tone for classroom behavior!
In my classroom, read aloud time always follows lunch/recess. After reading the chapter, I review with the class what happened in the chapter. I write down key words on the board from what the students tell me. These words will help the students as they write.
Each lesson should take about one hour including the read aloud time, reviewing, writing, and illustrating.
Making into a book: I have left extra space in the left margin for the
pages to either be stapled along the left side or stapled at the top of the left side and then three-hole punched. (My students have binders that we call Writing Portfolios.) This project can also be slipped inside construction paper with the cover glued on the front and stapled along the left side.
Handwriting lines: Images licensed by Dancing Crayon Designs at www.dancingcrayon.com.