Bookmaking is a unique way for students to creatively publish their original work. A grant from SEF provided the materials and guidebooks to help the second graders at Franklin Elementary School integrate bookmaking with the literacy program. In addition, bookmaking is an opportunity to practice following directions, an incentive for editing and revising written work, and a chance to show students’ individuality.
For one project, students created “pop up” books inspired by Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney. Students had to illustrate and write accordion style books depicting various maps labeled with continent, country, town and other geographic terms. Other projects involved bookmaking to publish book reviews and present insect research.
Grady says, “I liked the pop up part because you got to make a background and yourself in it.” Hefziba liked that “they showed all parts of the world. I learned how it shows us more stuff about the world and where we live.” Stephanie liked “how we got to write about our world and where we live and the state that we live in and the town.” Amaya enjoyed “making the books because we got to color the maps.” Caryn Coscia, second grade teacher and grant author, along with Eleanor Wang, Myung Shin, Jonathan Stevens and Karin Abanto, adds, “It was a fun, engaging and creative way for students to publish their insect research last year.”