Build Better Readers Book

Lesson #10154

Design creative books for the 2013 Collaborative Summer Library Program.

Grade Level:
1-2, 3-5, 6-8

These versatile books can support writing exercises in all major subject areas and current events. The students may be prompted to explore any genre to express ideas. Enjoy these creative books for language arts fun!

Celebrate summer reading at your local library with clever books for anything from book club discussions to personal reflections and creative writing!

13586-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Hard Hat - Large

Supplies Used: Cardstock or Construction Paper, Colored Pens or Pencils, Staples (May Substitute With Brads, String or Ribbon)

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. For the Side Fold, use a piece of paper twice as wide as the Hard Hat. Fold the paper in half. The folded paper must be slightly wider than the Hat design (Figure A).
  2. Lay the folded edge of the papers just INSIDE the cutting edge on the side of the die to make the die-cut open like a card or booklet (Figure B).
  3. Place the die and paper, rubber side down, into the Ellison machine and die-cut.
  4. To make a shape book, die-cut a colored sheet of paper plus several sheets of lined paper using this Side Fold technique. Attach using either staples, brads, string or ribbons.
  5. Add a creative title to complete the book (see Main Photo).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

Standard 1: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes

  • K-4 - Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.
  • 5-8 - Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.

Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • K-4 - Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.
  • 5-8 - Students integrate visual, spatial and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended.

Standards for the English Language Arts, by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, Copyright 1996 by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Reprinted with permission.

Source: NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts

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