Make It! Write It! Read It!: Simple Bookmaking Projects to Engage Kids in Art and Literacy
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The projects require nothing more than imagination and standard classroom art supplies. With gentle prompting, kids can write poems, paragraphs, or simple stories related to their creations. Each activity includes educational objectives; skills developed; materials needed; clear, illustrated, step-by-step instructions; and literary connection ideas.
Longtime art educator Wendy M. L. Libby guides beginners who might need more direction but also suggests open-ended possibilities for more experienced bookmakers, teachers, and artists.
Materials Three-Part Section Book (page 10) Black fine-line marker Crayons Directions View and discuss some media about fish. Note the body parts and their proportions. Specifically point out the head, body, and tail. Talk about how line can make different textures to be used for scales, fins, and other features. With the black fine-line marker, draw a fish on the top paper of the Three-Part Section Book. Draw the head in the left-hand section, the body in the middle section, and the tail in
can be altered accordingly by simplifying or expanding them as needed. Literacy Connection From birth, children participate in a variety of language and literacy activities. Young children enjoy hearing books read to them before they learn to read independently. Reading aloud to children exposes them to vocabulary and piques interest. The term emergent refers to an evolving and developing understanding. It identifies the early stages of literacy, when a child participates in pretend reading and
will give you a back cover the same shape as your front cover. Stack the sheets of white paper together. Use one piece of the cut card stock to trace the shape onto the top of the white paper stack. Cut out the shape on the white paper stack, cutting a little inside the traced line to make the interior pages a little bit smaller than the covers. Stack the white pages inside the card stock covers and staple them all together, either at the top or left-hand side. One-Fold Pop-Up Book
into the same thing on each page; for example, on page five, the prints could be made into five fish. Color the thumbprints in with colored pencils and draw a scene to go along with the colored prints. Write the number and a description of the thumbprints on each page, such as, “Five fancy fish swimming in the deep blue sea.” Literacy Connection Descriptive number sentences can be written on each page instead of just label fragments. City Book Art Objectives and Techniques Work with line
tea bag, or any other small objects that connect to Chinese culture, to the pages or place them in the pockets. Literacy Connection Children can use this book in connection with Chinese studies. Students might enjoy writing fortunes to place in the pockets. They can also write words, sentences, or stories and place them inside the filter pockets. Alphabet Book Art Objectives and Techniques Work with line, shape, and color Experiment with overlapping Experiment with drawing technique