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I Am an Author

Overview

Activity Description

Children will learn about different parts of books by making their own book about what they like and dislike about each sense.

Duration

30-40 min.

Key Outcome(s)

Identify the front and back cover of a book. Recognize that print contains stories, information, and personal experiences. Identify things liked and disliked.

Materials and Preparation

Prep Time

15-20 min. 

Materials

• We provide: ‘Senses book’; ‘Modelling senses picture cards’ (optional). Click Here to download.

• You find: Stapler; Pencils; Colouring tools (e.g., crayons, pencil crayons, or markers); Storybook

Preparation

1. Print, double-sided if possible, the ‘senses book’ (one book for you and one for each child).
2. Prepare each book by folding and assembling the pages in order. Staple pages together.
3. Print and cut out the ‘modelling senses picture cards’ if you would like to use them for discussion purposes.
4. To save time during the activity, draw your self-portrait on the front cover of your own book beforehand.
5. Locate any storybook, a stapler, pencils (one for each child), and colouring tools.

The Activity

What will we learn?

“Today we will learn about books by each writing a book about what we like and do not like about the five senses. When others read your book, they will know you wrote it and they will learn about the things you like and don’t like.”

What do we know?

1. “What can you tell me about books?”
2. Show a storybook and discuss: the front and back cover, title, author and illustrator, top and bottom, that pages are read from front to back, and words or pictures (often both) are read (or looked at) from the left to right.
3. “Our books will be about the senses. What are the five senses? What can you tell us about them?”
4. If you wish, show the ‘modelling senses picture cards’ to help provide a visual of an item for each sense.

Watch me first!

1. “Today we’ll be authors because we’ll make our own books! First, let’s look at my book.”
2. On your ‘senses book’, point to, read, and explain your cover’s title, self-portrait, and author and illustrator sections. Print your name on the line.
3. Show the following pages explaining that each page is about something we like or do not like about a sense.
4. Model completing the first sense page (i.e., touch) by reading the sentence and doing a think-aloud of things you like to feel. Print the word(s) and draw a picture of the one thing you have chosen. Read the word(s) you printed and explain that the words, and even the pictures, let everyone read your book the same way every time.
5. Complete the next page by reading the sentence and then do a think-aloud of what you do not like to feel. Print and draw your choice and read the word(s).

Let's try it!

1. “Now it’s your turn to be authors!” Read the title on the ‘senses book’ and then ask the children to print their name and draw their self-portrait.
2. “You might like the way some things look, taste, smell, sound, or feel. There are other things you dislike or do not like to look at, taste, smell, listen to, or feel. Let’s brainstorm some things you like to feel.”
3. Read the sentence and show the children where to print what they have chosen (using invented spelling as needed) and then give them time to draw a quick sketch.
4. Brainstorm things they do not like to feel. Read the sentence and ask them to print and draw their choice reminding them that their words and pictures let everyone read the book the same way every time.
5. Continue by asking the children to complete the remaining pages, brainstorming and assisting as needed.
NOTE: To focus more on each sense, do only one page a day.

What did we learn?

• “Can you show us the _____ (front, back) cover of your book? What can you tell us about it?”
• “What can you tell us about your book?” Discuss how their books tell us information.
• “How will others know what you like and do not like about the senses?” (They can read the words and look at the pictures.)

Adaptations

To make this activity MORE challenging:

• Ask the children to add more than one item that they like and do not like for each sense.
• Encourage the children to use the word ‘dislike’ instead of ‘do not like’.

To make this activity LESS challenging:

• Instead of drawing, provide the ‘senses picture cards’ for children to choose an item they like for each sense and an item they do not like for each sense. They can glue their chosen items into their books.
• To only focus on items children like about each sense, provide your own blank books (e.g., blank paper folded in half) to draw in or glue their chosen ‘senses picture cards’ into.