Image Map

April 19, 2014

Shape Books for Big Kids

Motivation time!  This past week my students were so motivated to write narratives.  I used the free template from Forkin 4th, but I only made 1 class set of the cover.  Students still had to write a rough draft, do a Rainbow Edit (so I know they looked at their writing), and then got to move onto the final draft. 

I used shape books a lot when I taught primary, but these kids absolutely LOVED it as big kids too.  They grabbed the cover (the only paper with the template on it), and then grabbed 2 pieces of binder paper and one piece of copy paper.  They lined up the papers and put a staple on the ear of the bunny to hold the papers in place.  Then they cut around the bunny to create their booklets.  

When done writing their final copy, they illustrated, and turned the bunny over to add a little bunny tail.  All week long I was giggling as our objective was to "brainstorm, write, and edit a bunny tale".  So cute!  

Thanks Forkin 4th!  

PEEP Writing Craftivity

Want to find it to add to your files for next year?  

Linking up with Head Over Heels for Teaching's Motivation Linky:

Have a wonderful day!  


  1. Isn't it amazing what some crayons and fun shape will do to motivate kids to write? Sometimes I think we forget that even our "big kids" are still kids and like that fun stuff! :) I personally like the accessorized bunny with the bow on her ear! Great tip about stapling first before cutting out-never thought of that simple idea!!!! Thanks for sharing and linking up!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. Even my super big middle schoolers still like shape books - it's all in the presentation. If I told them that someone TOOK their peeps, they'd be all over it! :)

  3. So cute! My big kids would've been all over this activity! Downloaded and saved for next year. THANKS for sharing!


  4. My sixth graders still love this type of craft. It helps to mix it up a bit. Thanks for sharing!Have a great week!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans


I hope this was able to help you in some way. I love comments and I like to reply via email. Please make sure your profile is set up with your email address (and that it's not a Have a great day!