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!
You can use this approach in any subject—Ms. Correa’s class also published a book on their science learning.
5. Commemorate a Special Field Trip
After their trip to nearby Abalone Cove, students in Ms. Vivo’s class wrote personal essays about their experiences visiting the cove and what they observed.
6. Share Recommended Reading
Students in Ms. Rauseo’s second-grade class each chose one of their favorite classroom books to profile in their book of recommended reading.
7. Celebrate Safety Month
In honor of National Safety Month (June), invite students to contribute to a book about smart safety rules or precautions. This one is from a first-grade book about signs.
8. Publish Polished Stories
Students in Mrs. VanDrusen’s class drafted, edited and revised their realistic fiction stories before publishing them in a class book.
9. Celebrate a Year of Learning
Members of MPB’s Rockin’ Kindergarten Class each wrote about their favorite memory from the year. One advantage of this idea? Next year, you can share the book with your new students to give them a preview of all the exciting things to come in your class!
10. Write About Students’ Hopes for the Future
Invite kids to write about what they want for the future, like the students in Miss Kaminski’s class did.
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