Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Class Book with a Twist

I love class books.  We make them all the time in my classroom, and they are always a student favorite.  But, this week, I decided to make a different kind of class book...a coloring book!



I have used this idea in the past, but it was just one of those ideas that got lost in the filing cabinet the past few years.  I really need to dig around in there more often!  #toomanydigitalfiles

With Thanksgiving being only 13 days away, I thought it would be fun to make a Thanksgiving coloring book that the students could take home with them over the holiday and color.  Turns out I wasn't wrong.  My students were pretty excited about the idea of making a coloring book!


**Note: You could make a coloring book for any holiday, and in the past, I've used the idea with various units of study!

Each student completed a page for the coloring book.  I gave them the following sentence starter: "Thanksgiving is...."  We brainstormed ideas as a whole group and I wrote them on the board (and, in typical fashion, forgot to take a picture).   From there, the students chose an idea from the board (or used their own idea) to complete the sentence starter.


Then, they drew a picture to match their sentence.


This does take a bit of coaching.  Since they are making a coloring book, the images need to be an outline drawing that is easy for others to color.  I spent some time talking about how their pictures needed to be simple, emphasizing that they should try to eliminate small details (this can still be difficult for some).  We talked about the kinds of pictures we see in coloring books, and I even showed them an example (from a coloring book, and my own example below).

 
They drew their picture with pencil first.  Then, they traced their writing and picture with a Sharpie and erased any pencil lines that could still be seen.



When they finished their pages, I copied them, and stapled them into coloring books.  Easy peasy!  The kids are super excited to take their coloring books home, and they were so proud to send a set to their Pen Pals too!

You can grab the FREE template and cover page for this coloring book here.  :)

Toodles!


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11 comments:

  1. What a FUN idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing! My students would LOVE this!!!

    Jill
    ABCs and Polkadots

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    1. I'm so glad you like the idea, Jill! I hope your students do love it! Have fun!!

      Aimee

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  2. Thanks for sharing this cute idea. My kiddos are going to love it!

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    1. You are so welcome! I am so glad you will be able to use it. Yay! Have fun!

      Aimee

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  3. What a fun idea! My kiddos would love this, but I can definitely see it being tricky for them not to shade in the pictures.


    The Super Sparkly Teacher

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    1. It definitely can be, especially for the younger ones! You could have them do a "rough draft" drawing on a separate piece of paper first. I have done this in the past and it helps with that issue. I also make sure to check their drawings before handing over the Sharpie. I hope you decide to give it a try! :)

      Aimee

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  4. This is fantastic!! My kiddos are doing it right now and they are THRILLED! Thank you! :)

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    1. Yay! That's awesome! I'm so glad you liked the idea and could use it. Have fun!

      Aimee

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