There are so many uses for these great book outlines. They were created as Riddle Books. Children write 2 or 3 clues to something that is hidden behind an object and others use the clues to guess what it is. Children learn to write clues and use question words in their writing. Both of these skills are considered higher level thinking skills on Bloom’s Taxonomy. The covers and writing pages can also be used as Classroom Books with a single cover or as individual books for students.
This packet includes 19 book ideas - Valentine’s Day, Earth Day, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, Bus Safety, and many others. Children love these books and look forward to writing. I received this email after a presentation where I shared this idea –
I teach the most wonderful students in Washington State, and I attended your workshop, Making Writing Happen. I wanted to give you some positive feedback on an idea you shared with us in Spokane. It’s been one of “those” weeks in my classroom. My kids have been very (shall we say) social. So finally yesterday, I thought, “OK, maybe I could give them an opportunity to socialize AND learn something. So I found the riddles pages in your Making Writing Happen handbook and made a bunch of copies for the kids to work on. I modeled a few examples and then let the kids go. Eureka! They loved it! They had so much fun trying to guess each other’s’ riddles and trying to stump the teacher. They were really good and they were WRITING! I plan on including the riddles and riddle books into my weekly lessons. Thanks for all the great ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed your workshop and got so much out of it. Sincerely, Tracy
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