June 1, 2012
As the last day of school approaches, what could be a more compelling subject for a book than memories of the school year?
Since I have already written posts about using the Origami Pamphlet structure I hadn’t intended on writing a post about this most recent project. But when I looked over the photos I so very much liked the student work that, well, here they are…
Before I started my time with these first grade students they had worked with their teachers, making lists about activities and events that stood out to them over the school year. They made drawings and did writing that reflected their favorite memories.
I never get enough of looking at drawings by first graders.
Cutting a window into the Origami Pamphlet makes the drawing the centerpiece of the book.
Each time that I give my lesson on making WOW! designs I am stunned by the inventive variations that the students come up with.
It seemed to me that playing dodgeball, having an in-classroom “camping” experience and, having an ice-cream party were among the most celebrated events of the year. Only one student ranked “bookmaking” as a favorite memory, but I supposed that, while I was there, bookmaking hadn’t actually become a memory just yet. Now here’s one of my favorite drawings….
As usual, but not shown, I asked students to trace their hands on the last page of the book. The traced hand is a great addition to a first grade book because at this time next year each of their little hands will be significantly larger. So, if you are a first grade teacher reading this post and thinking about memory books for your students, don’t forget the hands.