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Teaching Tip: Student Created Books…Quick and Easy!

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We are busy getting ready for the National Day on Writing celebration. These little books are quick to make and the kids have a lot of fun coming up with different covers for them.

Of course, you can use these for a variety of things: math facts, vocabulary words, illustrations, poems, facts, science concepts, quotations, or “My Book of ___”–the kids come up with a lot of ideas, too!

We are creating inspiration pieces for the visitors we have invited to write with us this week. We are making several blank ones, too.

The best part is that these books are super simple to make and can be put together in under a minute: perfect for center time or any time you want some extra novelty.


3 index cards per book–I used 3 1/2 x 5s for this project


small rubber bands–found in the hair styling department at local variety store (200 in a package 97 cents)

The steps are shown in the photograph, but here is a text version:

Stack three index cards.

Fold them in half.

Cut a small slit (app. 3/4 inch) at the top and bottom of the crease.

Slip the band over the slit to form the binding.

Decorate as desired.

You now have a ten page booklet. Ready for writing!


Author: agnestirrito

I write. Make art. And in between, I do the best I can. ✌🏼️

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