with Carpet Holders
Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
Submitted: April 16, 2001
in all grades love to create big books for the classroom library.
Ask your local carpet retailer if they'd be willing to donate
any of the plastic handles that hold carpet samples. They are
about 30" in length, which is a perfect size to hold large
pieces of poster board (22" x 28") The handle become
the "binder" of the book. There are a few fun ways you
could incorporate this "Big Book Idea!"
1) Celebrate a year's worth of writing with an "Author's
Tea Party." Have students choose their favorite piece of
writing, and create their very own "big book" with it.
They can show these off at the celebration.
2) Create an ABC book about your community, state, etc. Assign
each child to a letter of the alphabet. Students can write or
draw pictures about exciting things to see or do in your state
that begin with their assigned letter.
3) Have a "class mascot" that students can take turns
bringing home each week. The mascot can be a stuffed animal of
some sort, like a cheetah or panda. Give the child a poster to
take home, along with the animal, so that he/she can write about
the many adventures the mascot had during that special week. The
poster journal can be added to the class' big book!
4) As students leave on vacations throughout the year, ask them
to create a poster that tells about the highlights of their trip.
The child can add any pictures, postcards, pressed flowers from
the area, etc. to make his "page" that peers will want
to read and see. When the student turns in his poster, simply
add it to your ongoing class book!
5) Assign different countries to your students to research. Each
student or cooperative group can create a poster about their new-found
knowledge and share it through a class big book.