Last week I used the big book, From Head to Toe, by Eric Carle. I read the book to the students, we read it together and discussed different aspects of the book each day. We discussed the pattern of the writing in the book, made a chart of the animals and the body part each moved, and discovered why the author named the book, From Head to Toe. As a culmination to the book, we used the pattern to create our own version of the book. The students each selected a pre-cut animal shape. The used water colors to paint their animal. They decided what body part the animal would move and how they would move that part. Then they took all of this and created their own page for our class book. I took pictures of each student acting like their animal and added that to each page.
I took pictures of their pages, recorded the class reading the book, and add music to create a video of our book. The students were so excited to see the end result. The print book is now in our class library where I am sure it will be read many times this year.
If you would like to see the video, you can click here.
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