I'm so excited! I have authors in my library. My first graders created an animal fact book while the second graders created their own collective biography. I have been trying to find fun ways to integrate Common Core Standards into the library. I decided that one way to accomplish this was for my students in K – 2 to write their own book (with guidance of course!). This way I could cover a lot of standards with one activity. It took us the entire nine week grading period to collect pages for our book. I fixed a file folder for each student to keep their work organized. I quickly figured out I’m not ready my Kindergarten to create a book. I’ll try again with them a little later.
I started out with writing templates I found on TPT. For the 1st graders I used Casey Lewis’s template from Kindergarten Korner. My second graders used this template I got from Listen and Achieve. Each time they came to library we read about a different animal or person. Then we talked about “facts” not opinions about the animal/person. Then we created sentences about the topic. I picked animals/people that I thought they might have misconceptions about or correlated with what they were learning in the classroom. (Ooooo I snuck some teacher collaboration in there!) Topics varied anything from trap-door spiders and cicadas to Florence Nightingale and Christopher Columbus.
I created a basic Title page and Table of Contents page for the students to complete. It was very simple. If you want a copy, email me and I’ll be happy to forward it to you. (As soon as I learn how to load documents into this blog, I’ll start posting any handouts I create.) We ran out of time so I filled out their table of contents for them.
I'm so proud of them. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.