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Birthday Book Activity
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2
By: Heather W., Grade One Teacher

Create a booklet using sentence starters for creative writing and making lists and illustrations.

Objectives:

Create a booklet using sentence starters for creative writing and making lists and illustrations.

Materials:

  • Construction Paper
  • Copy Paper
  • Student supplies: crayons, markers, pencils

Plan:

This year I shared my birthday with a student in my class. To make it special for us all, and to celebrate all birthdays, I decided that we would have a day of just birthday activities. I collected all the books I could find about birthdays and planned to do what I called "My Birthday Book."

  1. Each child received a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 construction paper and two sheets of copy paper.
  2. We folded each and stapled into the book. Title the cover and add student's name.

    Page One

    "I would like to have my next birthday party at..."

    Page Two

    "My Guest List" Student's list all who they would like to invite to their party. I stress that this does not have to be strictly classmates. Some teachers may wish to leave this page out, as it may cause problems with students being left out. I didn't have a problem because I chose not to have them share this particular page when book-sharing the final product.

    Page Three

    List all the food and drinks they would like to have.

    Page Four

    List any games or activities they would like to play/participate in.

    Page Five

    List any presents they would like to receive.

    Page Six/Seven

    Create your own invitation. This works best after showing the class several examples of what different invitations look like. Will most likely need to be completed as a mini-lesson at a second sitting.

    Page Eight

    Illustrate your birthday cake.

  3. Finally, when all are complete, give students the opportunity to share their finished books.

Comments:

The kids LOVED this activity. I did one page at a time and was amazed at how excited they were with each additional page topic! Had to do the first three-four pages in about one hour and saved the rest for the next day. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Join 20,000+ subscribersClick to find out more

 


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