Accordion Shape Books

Lesson #12190

Motivate students to read with the creation of a shape book for a fun book report.

Grade Level:
1-2, 3-5

Create unique book reports that are easy to make and fun for students to write and draw pictures of the books they have read. Almost any shape can be made into a shape book, no matter how long or short the accompanying story may be.

A10211-Sizzix Bigz Die - Circle 4" A10647-Sizzix Bigz Die - Soccer Ball A10907-Ellison AllStar Die - Government, Capitol A10908-Ellison AllStar Die - Government, Supreme Court A10909-Ellison AllStar Die - Government, White House A11078-Sizzix Bigz Die - Frog #3

Supplies Used: Adhesive, Construction paper, Scissors, Standard hole punch

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

  1. Die-cut four Frog #3 shapes, two from light green construction paper and two from dark green construction paper.
  2. On the back of the two light green frogs, attach a piece of white paper behind each eye opening.
  3. Die-cut the letter B from any alphabet using red paper, and use the pieces that drop out of the B for a frog tongue. Slide the red tongue piece through the slit in the light green frog’s mouth, and attach to the back of the frog.
  4. Punch four small circles with the hole punch, and adhere to the white eye opening. You can place the small circles on a sticky note for easy handling.
  5. Accordion fold a piece of paper that is only as wide and tall as the frog shape so that it will fit inside the frog. Many dies have perforations, slits or holes in them, making a difficult surface on which to write.
  6. Overlap the folds, and adhere with adhesive if more book pages are desired.
  7. Adhere the accordion-folded pages to the front and back covers of the frog book (Main Photo).
  8. The Soccer Ball and Government dies can be made into shape book reports using the same method as the frog book.

English Language Arts-Reading: Literature
Key Ideas and Details

  • Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson or moral.


English Language Arts-Writing
Text Types and Purposes:

  • Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.


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