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Making a Book

Purpose/Skills

  • To understand that books are made by using art materials, writing words, and making illustrations
  • To practice emergent writing

Materials
Construction paper, white paper
Prepare ahead by creating blank books with construction paper covers and two white pieces of paper each. Fold papers in half and staple to create blank books.

Literature Suggestion
Read Golden Bear by Ruth Young, or any book that features colors.

Vocabulary

author draw
write paper
crayon     color words
blue red
green yellow

Warm-Up
Read Golden Bear or another book, and talk about the colors in the book. Encourage children to name each color.

Procedure

  • Announce that the group is going to make books about colors.
  • Give each child one of the books you prepared. Place crayons on the table, one color at a time, asking children to name the colors. Explain that you have written "I Like Colors" on the cover.
  • Invite children to draw a shape in a different color on each page. Help them do one page and one color at a time. Write the name of the color under each shape. Repeat the process with each color.
Enrichment
When books are complete, offer to write "by (the name of the child)" on the front cover of each book. Invite children to write or scribble their own names as author, if they wish. Encourage them to share their book with one another at circle or reading time.

Observation Assessment

  • Proficient - Child understands the concept of creating a book and the concept of a page.
  • In Process - Child needs substantial help to understand the concept of creating a book, and has difficulty understanding the concept of a page.
  • Not Yet Ready - Child does not yet understand the concept of creating a book or the concept of a page.
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Excerpted from School Readiness Activity Cards. The Preschool Activity Cards provide engaging and purposeful experiences that develop language, literacy, and math skills for preschool children.


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