Wishlist Wednesday - A Year of Class Books


One thing I really love doing in my class is writing Class Books. 


I try to write one a week, to go with our theme, but it doesn't always get done. But I definitely do at least one a month.  It's usually a quick little write that can be done as a time filler, morning work, etc...  We start from Day 1 in our class. 


And this is not something I'm hard core about their writing. I do want their word wall words, capitalization, and punctuation to be correct, but this is more of a fun write. Now on Day 1, the writing (in 1st grade) and drawing will look something like this. 


But then as the year progresses, and their skills, the writing looks more like this...


A lot of the times our writing will stem from a book I read to the class... Like this book...




It stemmed from {THIS} book. 



I print the cover pages, and glue them to a piece of cardstock. Then I laminate that piece and another piece of cardstock for the front and back covers. You will need to have durable covers because, trust me, they will get read A LOT! At the end of the year, I still had kids reading the first book we ever read - and they were even amazed at the growth they made!! 

I bind my books together with a binding machine. Check with your school – most have them hiding somewhere! If not, then you can just 3-hole punch them and put yarn in them or the rings through the holes. 

One of my favorite things about doing Class Books, is that I get to see just how much growth my students make throughout the year!

Here is one student, who has also learned the skill of labeling! ha! Clearly, we do a lot of labeling in class, too. 


Here's one of my favorite "show and tells" of growth through the year....


Here's her book from the first week....


And her book in March....


And her book the last week of school....


It just BLOWS my mind the growth that First Graders make from the beginning of the year. 

So, here's what's included in each month's Class Book pack...

Each month’s cover shows the covers for the books that are included. Most have at least 5 books for the month (except February – it has 4 books).

The next page gives the title choices, as well as some explanation (if needed) for the writing “prompt.” There will also be some books that you can tie into the writing activities. Click on the books to check them out on Amazon!

Each book will have 2 different writing line styles to choose from.






You can grab the summer vacation book for free in the "First Days" post - click the picture below to head on over there!


You can also save money and buy the {bundle!}



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25 comments

Pauline Pretz said...

It has taken 2 weeks into my summer to finally begin to let go of that feeling that I have to do lesson plans, grade papers, something! I am panicking that summer will go to fast. I am enjoying reading non-education books, having lunch with friends, and projects around the house.

julie said...

I love the idea of a weekly class book!
This week my summer fun included seeing the new Cars movie with my kids :)

KC Murphy said...

I love this! For fun we took my 2 year old to play in the pineapple fountain, near where we live.

Lynn Rubin said...

I plan on sleeping in, working out, and going to the pool!

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Susan Krevat said...

Well, my vacation officially started yesterday (Tuesday), and so far, I've cleaned and organized my closet which was very rewarding!

mskatiesclass said...

We've had cousins over to play this week! Summer lovin'!! I Iove the idea of making books each week. My class has always loved the ones we've made, but we haven't done it often. What a great way to show progress!

Emily Levine said...

I have been packing for my summer vacation, which starts tomorrow!!!

Alicia said...

I have been visiting family, sleeping in, working out, and hanging out by the pool! 😊

Mitzi Sue said...

This would be awesome for my kiddos! This week, I have enjoyed being at home with my 3 year old. :)

Kayla Clark said...

Love love love your class books!!!

luvzenkms2(Leea) said...

Love Love this idea :) Thanks for the chance, working at school on leveling everyone's books around mom dr's appts...but next week sister and family come for a few days <3

Pam Girgenti said...

I have been purging and organizing at home. I've also enjoyed some relaxing time with my teenage daughters. : )

Noemi Vargas said...

We've gone bowling, swimming and hoping to make it to the movies this friday!

Laura Park said...

I just celebrated 20th year anniversary in Hawaii. Our honeymoon was there too.

Nuts in a Tree said...

Summer Fun with a twist...Teacher fun is being in the week long Orton Gillingham training! 😊

Cassie Malings said...

Since this is my first week of summer vacation, I'm jumping right in! I've had 2 beach days, a massage, and a shopping day! I love summer!!

Belinda Miller said...

This week I are been doing Literacy Training.

Carol-Ann Roaf said...

I have been preparing for a very special vacation. My sons purchased a trip to Ireland for my husband and myself to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary this year.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Busy! Enjoying hanging out with my grandson, and putting off sorting through two bedrooms full of school stuff. :)
Betty

Melanie Emery said...

I've been sleeping in!!! Lol

Tabitha Kelejian said...

This is so cute! I can't wait to implement this in my classroom

DGrueser said...

I took my two sons to the library to get a summer activities calendar. We also travelled to their grandparents house for a visit where my youngest is learning how to ski and my oldest is learning to drive a wave runner. I am taking advantage and blog hopping looking for amazing ideas for next year. :) I love your book ideas.

Liz Dreves said...

Went to Cambodia and experienced the hottest summer weather ever as I taught for a few days in a Cambodian school. So rewarding.

Bobbie T said...

I am just beginning my first week of summer. The most fun I have had is sleeping in past 5 and catching up on sleep. I did get kinda sassy and I printed a ton of centers that I will need to laminate. Can't let those instal-ink pages go to waste, lol.

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