I Love Circle Books...
... you know, the kind that brings you right back to the beginning at the end of the story.
You can find that technique used in If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and all of the other books in Laura Joffe Numeroff's series, but my favorite circle book is by Arden Druce and it's called:
Witch, Witch, Come to my Party.
(Scroll down to see non-Halloween ideas too.)
Now, don't let the title scare you away. It's a fun book that includes Halloween costumes and Pat Ludlow's illustrations are beyond belief! AND... this is a GREAT way to introduce elements of print, such as characters and genre. The concept of fantasy VS reality is alive and well in this book!
Young and Old:
This book is great to share with all elementary grade levels. Younger children will love the pattern of the literature and the graphic illustrations. Upper elementary grade students will also love the illustrations, and can be inspired to create their own version of the book to then share with primary grade students.
Here are some great ideas from Amazon:
And here is my...
... template for creating a similar book with your students.
Use this with your youngest students: As they illustrate the characters they would like to invite to their party, you write the name of the character and they copy it at the bottom of the page and again (twice) at the top of the next page. It's fun to use their classmates' names as the invited characters.
This is also a great collaboration activity to do with your upper-grade buddy class. Each kindergarten student can be buddied with an upper-grade student to complete the book. The kindergarten student illustrates while the older student writes.
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You don't have to use a Halloween theme, you can have students write about other storybook characters they might. You can even have them invite non-living things related to the science or social studies theme you are studying. For example, while studying landforms you might use:
"Mountain, Mountain, please come to my party." "Thank you, I will, if you invite Hill."
Click HERE for the book template.
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