Once upon a time, I needed a reading activity to use with my students during book week. I was looking for a book activity that met these requirements:
- Works for any book
- Students will love it
- Makes a great display
- Can be used any time of year
After not finding anything I liked, this resource was born. It served me well countless times in the classroom. Sometimes, you just need something simple to start. Then, students can take it and then use their creativity to make it great!
How can I use this book activity in my classroom?
A great thing about this resource is that it uses materials that are already in your classroom: books and coloring supplies! It started with a simple template, but now it includes 20 options for your students. All come in full page and half page options.
For the open book cover, I usually had students draw their face and hands. In other years, I’ve also taken their picture with their eyes looking down like they’re reading a book and then taped their picture to the back of the book cover. You can have the class do the cover, open book, or mix it up! No matter what, it guarantees a great display any time of year.
Click here to read about some of my favorite calming videos that would be perfect while students complete this activity!
When would be a good time to use this book activity?
Anytime! This is one of those activities that will work for any book and can be used at any time of the year. It is truly print, copy, use. Once you show students what to do, they can independently grab a new copy and make a new one based on whatever they are reading throughout the school year. Whether you display them on the bulletin board or hang them up around the room, students will love seeing themselves as readers.
A few ideas for when to use:
- Book Week
- Read Across America
- Book Character Day
- Curriculum Night
- Open House
- Sub Plans
What if I have students who do not want to draw or get frustrated with drawing?
With 20 book activity templates, your students can select the one that is just right for them! They can do a book cover, or they can choose a template that shows an open book- with or without pictures. They can fill the lines with quotes from their favorite stories or write out a few pages from their favorite book.
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