We made a "How to Decorate a Christmas Tree" book to give to their parents as gifts. (Well, one of the many gifts they made!)
To do the "How to Decorate a Christmas Tree" book we brainstormed where the tree comes from, how it gets put up, what all goes on it, and things of that nature.
I then gave students this sheet and they wrote their own directions. Some got their tree out of the basement, others chopped it down, while others went to a store/tree lot and bought one. If the students didn't know what their family normally did, I told them to write about what they would like their family to do.
After the students wrote down their steps, I corrected their spelling and typed up their work.
When the students got their print-out they could decorate their tree to match their writing.
I then made enough copies of all the pages to make each child their own book. with everyone's finished/illustrated copy. In each particular child's own book, I also added their original page at the front so parents could see their child's drawing in color and the original work their child did. It gave some parents a reality check as to where their child was at in the writing process, while being a great keepsake for all. We simply tied ribbon around the "book" after using a 3-hold punch on each one.
Many parents commented how nice it was to have this book as a keepsake of their child's writing. It was also just plain CUTE to read how the kinders thought a tree went up!
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Let me know if you have any questions about how to recreate this fun book in your classroom!