Hi Teachers!
This page has been a long time in the making!!  Many of you have asked, "When are you going to be finished with your
Class Books page?"  Well, here it is!!

These are some books that I have made with my kindergartners.  The children love making them and of course,
reading them!  I send each home with the children to be shared with their families.  If it follows a piece of literature, I often send a copy of the book home as well.  At the end of the year, we have a raffle and each student gets to keep
one class book.
I have provided a link to the cover, sample page and template whenever possible.  For some of the books, I don't have pictures of the covers or sample pages yet.  I will post them once I have them complete. You will need Adobe Reader to open the templates.  If you don't have this program installed on your computer already, you can download it for free by clicking on the link below. 


Have fun making the books!  Feel free to email me if you have any questions.  I will post more as I come up with new ideas.
 
Michelle Gagné
 
 

I make this one at the end of each year.  It is then a "welcome" book to the new kindergartners.  Feel free to take
a peek at the template but you will obviously need to re-program it for your class.





We make this book at the beginning of the year and it's a great way for the kids to introduce all of their
new friends to their families.  I type out their name in block letters and then they cut it out and put it back together.





We make this book upon reading the book A House is a House For Me by Mary Ann Hoberman.  I don't have a cover
and sample page yet because we haven't made it yet this year.  However, the kids follow the pattern in the book and
create a new "house" for something (for example, A box is a house for crayons.")

 


We make this book upon reading the book Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews.  The cover
and sample page is of one that I made several years ago.  Now, I have found some paper with black dots all over it that makes a cut cover.  The kids follow the pattern in the book and
create a new idea (for example, "4 black dots can make the wheels on a car.")  For the dots, I use the lowercase i dot
on the Ellison machine.  I haven't been able to find black sticker dots yet!
 

 


We obviously make this book in the Fall!  We make a predictable chart following the same writing pattern:  In the fall,
we see...  The kids each take a turn and I write their ideas.  The ideas are then typed, cut into word chunks, and
the kids then put the sentence back together.  Lastly, the kids illustrate their ideas.
 

 

This is my version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  We make a list of things that a jack-o-lantern might
see in the fall.  I then take their ideas and type them up for the pages in the book.  Lastly, the kids illustrate the pages.
They LOVE making this book and find reading it hilarious!  You are welcome to use my template if you don't do the list
with your kids.  On the last page, I glue on a picture of the kids in their Halloween costumes (this will make more sense
when you open the template). 
**See below for the winter version (Snowman, Snowman, What Do You See? and spring version (Bumblebee, Bumblebee,
What Do You See?).

 

One of my favorites!  First, the kids think of something that Mr. Funny Bones can do (hit a ball, raise his hand etc.) which
is also something that they can demonstrate to me.  The kids cut out Mr. Funny Bones and glue him posed in the
position of their choice (as best as they can) and then, I take their picture in that position.  I type in their ideas and then just plop in the pictures in Word.  You can print the pictures and then glue them onto the template if that's easier for you.

I'm sorry that I don't have a skeleton available for you to download. 
I got mine out of Mailbox magazine several years back. 

We read the many books that put a new spin on the Gingerbread Man story!  Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett and
The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst are a must after reading the original story!  Many of the kids dislike the fate of
the Gingerbread Man in the original so we create this book!

*The kids love to partake in "The Great Gingerbread Man Hunt."  If you are interested in seeing what that's all about, visit
the Photo Album and take a peek at the pictures.

 


This is the winter version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See.  The kids brainstorm things that they would
see during the winter.  On the last page of the book, I take a picture of the kids all bundled up in their winter gear.


 


What would you do if it snowed last night?  I pose that question to the kids and then they illustrate their ideas.


 


For this class book, I purchased the $100 pad of paper from Really Good Stuff. 
I then glued each child's photo in the center.  On the back, I made labels and had the kids draw and write
what they would buy if they had $100 to spend. 
 


 



This is always a favorite of mine as well as the parents!  I punch a 100 in black from the Ellison machine.  I then
give it to them and see what they come up with!  It is really exciting to see how imaginative and creative they get.  I type their idea on a label and stick it onto the page.

 

 


I have the kids think of something and have them imagine it missing part of it.  They then fill in the sentence with
their idea and illustrate it.  This is always one of my favorites.


 


This is the spring version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See.  The kids brainstorm things that they would
see during the spring.  On the last page of the book, I take a picture of the kids outside with everything in bloom.


 



A good book to make after taking a field trip.


 


It's always fun to find out what the kids want to be when they grow up.


 
 
 


 

 


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