One of my student’s favorite things is to write class books and then place them in our class library. This packet has ideas for making 9 class books with reproducible student book pages and color cover sheets. They correspond with some of my student’s favorite picture books and subjects they can relate to.
Corresponding picture books and subjects are:
My Most Thankful Thing by Lisa McCourt (Things I’m Thankful For)
The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald (Liking Myself)
Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr (Why I like Reading)
When I Grow Up by Colin McNaughton (When I Grow Up I Want to Be…)
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt (Things I’ve Been Scared Of)
I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff (A Pet That I Want also a great introduction to persuasive writing)
Friends by Helme Heine (an acrostic poem)
Dear Tooth Fairy by Pamela Duncan Edwards (How I Lost My Tooth and a letter to the Tooth Fairy)
I like to read the picture book first and then springboard ideas from there. But you don’t have to use the picture book if you don’t have access to them to write and make the class books. You can also make substitutions to these books if you find one you like better.
I’ve included 2 different ways you can make your class books.
One is to simply print the color cover page on white card stock, laminate, and bind the student’s pages together with a plastic comb binding machine.
The other way is to 3-hole punch each student’s page and place them in a 3-prong report folder. Then print the small color cover sheet and glue or tape it to the front of the folder. This is a great way to save student work and add books to you class library. I take the folders apart at the end of the school year and place in a 3-hole binder to create a special writing portfolio for each child to take home.
Either way you make your class books or whatever picture books you use, your class will enjoy reading what everyone in the class has written.