Hello! You know all of those times (at the beginning of the school year especially) where you just need time to organize supplies, check in papers, meet with a group, meet with an individual, etc., but your students don’t have anything to do yet because they don’t know about your procedures and work expectations?
Alas, this project was born out of those moments. With a small amount of prep work (copying) and a few short directions, your students can get to work on their very own All About Me ABC Book which will give them plenty to work on while you figure out your beginning of the year needs.
To begin, photocopy the initial “All About Me” pages and staple together. Students should spend time brainstorming and filling out as much of these pages about themselves as they can. Next, students can use their All About Me papers to plan for their ABC book (photocopy planning sheets front to back). They need to come up with at least one idea per letter. It is usually helpful to figure out a few ways to complete X and Z as a group. Get creative… “X-Tra Smart” is perfectly okay! Also, if students get stuck on a particular letter, encourage them to use an adjective to describe themselves that starts with that letter.
Lastly, students can get to work writing and illustrating their ABC book (for your convenience and paper saving needs, two copies in different sizes are provided. Pick your favorite!) Set your expectations up that you want their best work, colored illustrations, neat handwriting, etc. Students can cut the ABC book pages and staple themselves. Use completed ABC books as a way to get to know students. Have a share session as a class, or partner students to share with a buddy. These ABC books are a wonderful way to learn about your new class! (Note: a rubric is not provided here because as a beginning of the year “time filler”, I would only assign a completion/participation grade.)
ALTERNATIVES to using this as an All About Me book: Use the ABC books as a research project. If your students are researching a famous person, they can write an ABC book about that person. The same sheets can be used, but they would be filled out according to the famous person’s biographical info. OR your students can write an ABC book about a topic such as "The Revolutionary War" or "States of Matter". The ABC booklet itself can have multiple uses throughout your school year!