What can you find out?
Collect non-fiction books about a topic that you will be studying in your class. Place the books on a table along with clipboards, paper, and pencils. Let two children work together and take notes to look in the books and see what they can find out (learn) about the topic.
Hint! Let your students make their own clipboards from a 9" x 12" piece of corrugated cardboard and a butterfly clip.
Choose a theme for a class book. Ask the children to write a sentence and then draw a picture that relates to the theme. Let them sign their names on a page that says “Authors and Illustrators.” Bind their pictures together in construction paper to make a class book. Be sure and write “The End” on the last page. Read the book to the class, place it in your classroom library, or let one child take it home each evening to share with their families.
Topics for collaborative books might include:
THE BEST THING ABOUT ME
OUR WISH BOOK
WHEN I GROW UP
IF SHOES COULD TALK
THINGS THAT BUG US/SCARE US
WHAT DOES THE PRINCIPAL DO ALL DAY?
IF I WERE THE TEACHER I WOULD
IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS
OUR JOKE BOOK
MY WORST/BEST DAY EVER