Sunday, January 6, 2013

Describing fun

I mentioned in a previous post that I was working on another crafty project. Today, I would like to introduce you to the next installment of my magazine/sales ad re-purposing frenzy. DESCRIBING

The third graders went nuts for this one. I also have a bed in a spoon, which they found amusing.

What you'll need:
Several months' worth of magazines and/or sales ads. (I used old issues of HomeLife Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and Belks & JC Penny's ads)
3-Ring binder
Page dividers (if you want to section your book off like mine)
Page protectors

The worst part about this project is the fact that it is time consuming. You can easily involve groups of older students in therapy sessions to make it a hands-on learning experience. I always try to a template ahead of time for them to follow. I have left extra page protectors in this book for the students to fill up during therapy sessions. As always, I start these books with some model pages and then invite my students to come up with their own ideas.

My kindergartners literally fought over these books last week. (Even I got climbed all over in the process.) They had a ball showing me which pictures they liked and talking about the people. We worked on the concept of open/closed by talking about the mouths we saw. We also practiced opening and closing our own mouths as well as the door. My older students had to describe the pictures using their adjectives and pronouns to form grammatically correct sentences. I have one that is working on attributes and will be helping me make object pages this week. (If you want an idea for syntax check out this post on a verb collage.)


  1. This is great! Very creative plus a good use for all those magazines sitting on my desk.

    1. Thank you! I really started out thinking to do a Christmas "what I want vs. need" but then I realized that I could use the images for so much more. It's well worth all the time it takes. My kids are crazy for all three "books".