Fish Tales Book
Writing books in creative shapes add interest to any writing project.
Encourage students as they follow the writing process to explore anything from simple sentences to five-paragraph essays. 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. Older students can explore library resources to develop research-based writing. Second language learners can relate to given themes to develop writing skills. Through these books, the teacher can develop a unique classroom library featuring students as authors.
Given thematic book covers, students explore depicted ideas to develop writing skills of any genre.
Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Glue, Ribbon, Sequins, Scissors, Stapler, Writing Paper, Colored Pens or Pencils
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- To create the front and back cover of the book, place an unfolded piece of cover material over the mirror-image portion of the die and cut according to instructions provided with your Ellison machine.
- To create the inside pages, place up to 8 layers of unfolded piece of cover material over the mirror-image portion of the die and cut.
- Assemble the book by spreading open the inside pages and placing them on top of the cover piece. Assemble with ribbon. Alternatively, apply at least two staples along the center fold of the book as shown. See illustrated example for any book design (Figure A).
- Fold the book closed to complete and embellish with sequins (see Main Photo).
- Figure A
English Language Arts: Communication Strategies
K-12: Standard 5
- Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
English Language Arts: Developing Research Skills
K-12: Standard 8
- Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
English Language Arts: Applying Non-English Perspectives
K-12: Standard 10
- Students whose first language is not English make use of their first language to develop competency in the English language arts and to develop an understanding of content across the curriculum.
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.