I love bookmaking activities! I’ve been doing this activity for years, and my students never tire of it. They enjoy it so much most usually want to make another booklet! Aren’t activity encores the best?
Bookmaking gives students the opportunity to engage in a process and produce a product that they can show off to peers and adults. The conversational exchanges that occur when they share their products
with peers and adults serve to extend the skills we worked on in our
This is a simple window booklet that can be adapted for a variety of language or articulation goals. I most frequently target language goals using a “What Is It?” format. The supplies and directions are simple. You can grab a copy of the template here: Window Book Template
Students choose a picture of an item to be revealed at the end of their book. Pictures are easily found on the internet or can be drawn. On each page of the book, students write a “clue” for the reader to guess the identity of the pictured item. Writing clues is a great opportunity to work on semantics (associations, categories, part/whole relationships) and sentence structure.
Creating the book provides opportunities for following directions and sequencing. In my TPT packet, I’ve included picture choices and 12-step illustrations to encourage organization skills. Initially, the picture-steps can be used to support auditory directions and as a check list for each step as it is completed.
Once our booklets are complete, I cut out and mix up the picture prompts. Students sequence and retell the activity by placing the pictures in numbered slots.
Let me know if your students request an encore of this activity! What are other ways you use this idea?