Activity for ages 5 to 8.
I have some first grade students who LOVE to write and others who are a little more reluctant. But this Make Your Own I Spy Book put such a fun spin on writing that all of my students couldn’t wait to start working on it!
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To prep the activity, I printed out a book cover for each of my students on neon Astrobrights paper to add a motivating pop of color.
I started out this lesson by pulling out an actual I Spy book so that we could play a quick round of I Spy.
Focusing on a blue marble that was shown on one of the pages, I gave kids clues about the object I was thinking of:
“I spy with my little eye something blue.”
“I spy with my little eye something that rolls.”
Students’ hands shot into the air. They were eager to call out their answer.
I waited a few more seconds for other children in class to spot the marble and then invited the kids to whisper their guesses to their neighbor.
Next, I explained that we were going to take the same idea and each make our own I Spy book. They were excited to say the least!
I showed them my sample book and had them guess the things around the classroom that I had picked!
I said, “I spy with my little eye, something that is shiny and makes noise”. A few students shared their guesses and then one of my kids picked the right object: the teacher bell that I ring when we transition to new activities.
I explained how the pages would be inserted into the books so that our readers would have to flip the page to discover the answer.
I showed them how to fold the pages in half and then put them into the cover page with the folds facing out. Then I stapled along the cover’s edge. I told my kiddos that I would be more than happy to help anyone staple their books together when they were ready.
Finally, I sent them off to create their books! I loved seeing their creativity flourish and I was impressed with many of the adjectives they used. It’s amazing what something new and exciting can do for a student’s writing!
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