Suggestions for Use
Make copies of the four pages. Leave the back page 11 inches long, and then cut each of the other pages 1-inch shorter than the following page. See the photographs of my students’ work for a better understanding.
I often use this activity at the beginning of the year to get to know my new students. I have also used it to teach main idea and critical attributes. To do this, I start out by reading The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard. After reading the book, I lead the students in a discussion about these familiar things. They do not have to agree with the author about the importance given to these items by the author. For example, one student might think that the important thing about an apple is that it is round. Another student might feel that the important thing about an apple is that it is red, while a third student might feel that the most important thing about an apple is that it is a fruit. Instruct the students to write down only one thing on each page that would tell others about themselves, while writing the most important thing on the last page.
After the students have finished writing their thoughts on each page, have them illustrate each page with a picture that would summarize each of their four points. Finally, put all four pages together and staple them across the top with three staples.