This is one of my favorite writing projects! This can be done with a range of grade levels and writers. The focus is on autobiographies and you can make it as in depth as you want! I always start with the read aloud of The Hundred Penny Box
, in which, the main character collects pennies with significant years that she associates with memories. It is a great mentor text to get kids ready for the Penny Book project!
The Penny Book project has 3 components to it. The first is your students will collect pennies from each year of their lives. Next, either with the help of a parent or guardian, they will use the included graphic organizers to jot down memories associated with each penny. The next phase is writing about the memories in their penny book by using their graphic organizers which are included in this product. The kids glue down the corresponding penny onto the book and then write about the memory. I have included many forms with various lines on a page which will allow you to differentiate the paper for your particular learners. The last phase of this project is the Penny Share Day! Parents or caregivers are invited to come and listen to the students’ writing. They are also asked to bring in 2-3 pennies from their own life that they can share with the students. When I have done this, I have created groups of 4-6 kids so that kids are only sharing with a small group of adults. They are not presenting to the entire group of adults. An alternative is to set up kids in a way that parents rotate around to 4-6 kids. It’s up to you. The best part of the celebration is the feedback the kids receive from the listener (adult). I have created three different ways to collect feedback. See preview. Kids can pass out slips of paper (included) or use clipboards where there is one sheet per child (included) OR you can create large penny books for comments (included) for adults to give their feedback. Again it is your choice. I always provided refreshments and made it a very big deal!
This product contains:
• letter to parents/guardians explaining the project
• graphic organizers for your students to gather memories
• template for the Penny Book; cover and 6 different paper choices
• Invitation for parents to come to Penny Share Day
• 3 different feedback forms
• Cheat sheet for parents on how to give specific feedback on comment sheets
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