One of the best parts of teaching is seeing student writing develop over the course of the year, whether you’re teaching kindergarten phonetic-spellers or essay-writing seniors. That’s why creating a class book of writing is one of our favorite end-of-year activities. Not only does it celebrate how far students have come, it gives your students the chance to publish their work in a real, published hardbound book, just like in the library.
Here are 10 of our favorite ideas and themes for creating a class book to capture this moment in time.
1. Study Famous Women in History
In honor of Women’s History Month in March, invite each student to research a famous woman in history and write a profile about her, then compile the profiles into a class book, similar to this “People of the Past” book.
2. Create a Poetry Anthology
Students at PS 161 in New York City each contributed a cinquain poem to this beautiful book—a wonderful activity for Poetry Month in April.
3. Write About Endangered Animals for Earth Month
Every student in Ms. Wright’s class chose an endangered animal to profile in a talk-show-style format for their class book. Each student included key facts about their animal as well as ways that humans can help preserve the species.
4. Have Students Show Off Their Knowledge
Students in Ms. Correa’s third-grade class each chose a math topic from the year and wrote a page describing the concept and what they had learned. The result? A powerful review for the kids and great proof that they can be the teachers!
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