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|Grades||6 – 12|
Why Use This Tool
In addition to reading books with children, help them make books of their own! All you need is ReadWriteThink’s Stapleless Book and a pair of scissors (and plenty of imagination). After children write original stories or poems, collected jokes and riddles, or recorded observations from an experience, help them publish their books. The possibilities are endless.
Print the Planning Sheet to provide an overview of the Stapleless Book format. After a child chooses a topic or focus for a book, help him or her select a title. The child then chooses a format for each of the remaining pages (options include various combinations of words and space for images) and types the content of the book. After editing and printing, help the child follow the directions for folding and cutting the page into a book. Add illustrations as the finishing touch, and encourage the child to read the book aloud or share it with a friend or family member. Click on the video above to watch a demonstration of how to make a Stapleless Book.
- After a book club meeting, have each child contribute a page of responses or reflections on his or her favorite moment in the book.
- As children learn new words, use the Stapleless Book to record definitions, illustrations, and examples. Their personal dictionaries can go wherever they go!
- Contact family members before a family reunion and make a book of family news updates to share at the event.
- During a visit to a zoo or museum, take photographs and collect brochures and booklets with plenty of images. Help children make memory books of their favorite animals, displays, or attractions.
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