Thursday, February 6, 2020

File Folder Books Revisited

This is just a short post to remind you about this great project.
Grade 1 started their Penguin file folder books yesterday.  It occurred to me that these little books are not utilized enough.

The students were so excited to be creating their own book.

Using disk tempera paint we painted the front, back and pockets of the book, using the ideas I posted earlier the books are just adapted to be about Penguins instead of Polar Bears.

The Grade 1 teacher had stockpiled pre cut bookmarks, tabs, info sheets from previous books.  This made it so easy to create a new one.

This was the original book that started it all.

This post details how to make a file folder book.  With younger grades (K-2) I make the books ahead of time.  Older kids can easily follow along and make the basic book.

Disk tempera paint works quite well to paint these books.  Just decide on a basic palette of colours (4) that relates to the subject matter.

Inside is where the information goes using bookmarks, pictures, tabs, etc.

I use a clothespin to keep them closed when not in use.  They also display quite nicely as they stand up on their own.

This post was about the Aztec file folder book I designed for a summer camp.  It has different options.

and this post ( part 1, part 2) is about a Nature file folder book, again with different options.

In the past I have done a Frog life cycle file folder book, a Wetlands file folder book, an Iroquois file folder book, a butterfly life cycle file folder book, an Acadian culture file folder book, the Provinces and territories of Canada book, get the picture.  These books are extremely versatile and once you start making them if you stockpile your supplies they come together very easily.

They also make use of all the leftover bits of paper you have from other projects.  If you keep a tray box near the paper cutter to collect all 1-3.5 inch wide leftovers you will a stockpile in no time.

So please give these books a try.


1 comment:

  1. We did these file folder books for our study on Jamaica and they were so excellent. I can't tell you how this project helped focus on what aspects to cover, what creative decisions my kiddos got to make and they created something we wanted to keep instead of just a boring word document. I love all your projects and use them often while homeschooling.