1. Make a
Your book mark should include a title, author, a picture of the main character and any other items you think help describe your book. You may also use a variety of materials.
2. Create the Character:
Tell about your book dressed in a costume as a main character.
3. A Story Tower:
Use strips of tagboard, 6x36 inches. They are divided into three equal parts plus a little tab so they can be folded and glued together giving you a triangle with three writing surfaces. Each folded strip of paper can be part of the book. You can begin with the title, author, and main characters. You can also draw and write about the beginning, middle, and end of the book. Your finished sections can be stacked in multiple variations.
4. A Skinny Strip:
A skinny strip is a piece of adding machine paper about three feet long. Divide it into as many sections as there are chapters in your book, plus one. The first section is for the title, author, and your own name as the reteller. The remaining sections are designated, one per chapter. You should have a small picture in each section, and add a few sentences about the chapter. If you want to take it one step further you can make a slit in shoebox and decorate it to look like a T.V. You can run the skinny strip through one frame at a time.
5. A Chubby Strip:
A chubby strip is just like a skinny strip except wider. You can use any type of paper for this and you pictures can be more detailed.
A foldout is a strip cut out of construction paper. The strip is folded into an even number of sections. Each section is designed to tell a part oft the story, similar to a skinny strip. The finished product is folded like an accordion. Front and back covers can be made out of stronger paper and glued on.
7. Book In a Box:
You need a small flat box with a lid. The story you read is retold on foldout paper, just like a foldout. The back of the last page is glued to the bottom of the box and the first page (which is left blank) is glued to the lid. when the box is closed, you have a book in a box. When it is opened, you can tell your story. The top of the box can be designed as a cover.
8. Create an Ad:
Design a print advertisement or create a radio of T.V. ad designed to sell your book. You can display your print ad, play your cassette tape, or show a video tape.
9. Story Grammar:
Take a large piece of tagboard (11x18) folded into thirds. Draw a line all the way across, about three inches down from the top. Writing goes in the top section and art in the bottom. The first section is dedicated to the characters: names, descriptions, etc. The second is for the title, main events which take place, the "problem", etc. The third section is filled up with the author, number of pages, and the solution.
Take a piece of white construction paper, 11x18. Fold it in half twice so that it is like a book. The cover is for the title, author, and your name. Use the two open pages in the center to tell parts of the story. The back can be like the back of the book. When you unfold the paper to full size you can use the hidden part to tell the conclusion.
11. Make a Mask or a Puppet:
Create a mask or puppet of your book's main character or characters.
12. A Story Web:
A story web can contain all different types of information. You could create a picture that has the main character in the center and then run adjectives off of him/her. Another example would be to place the main character in the center and run supporting characters off of him/her and then adjectives off of each.
13. A Book In a Can:
You begin with a clean frozen juice can. Next, make a wrap around cover of paper, the cover of your book, and tape it around the can. After this, create a "skinny strip" telling the story. Cut a slit in the can big enough to stick the "skinny strip" through., Attach a popsicle stick to both ends of the "skinny strip" so it won't go either all the way in or out of the can. Roll the strip inside of the can around the popsicle stick. It can be pulled out a little at a time to retell the story.
14. Create a Vest:
Take a large paper grocery sack and slit it down the font. Arm holes and a v-neck can be added. This basic vest can be designed and colored to retell or represent your story.
15. Postage Stamps:
Design a large scale postage stamp which honors your book and author.
16. Book Bracelets:
A piece of tagboard about 1 1/2 inches wide can be cut to fit around your wrist. Decorate it to retell your story.
17. Book Medallions:
A circle of tagboard is decorated to advertise your book. This can be hung around your neck with a colorful piece of ribbon.
Use a 12x18 piece of construction paper for the body. The title and picture of your favorite part of the story goes on it. The streamers are cut from construction paper. Additional information such as the author, names and descriptions of main characters, settings, copyright date, illustrator, and more can be written on these strips.
These are similar to windsocks. The title and a picture go on the body of the kite. The details, author, and additional information go on construction paper diamonds attached to a string which makes the tail.
20. Sandwich Boards:
Make a sandwich board that hangs over your shoulders to advertise your book.
Take a large cereal box and slit it down the middle in the front and then across the top and bottom from the middle so it opens like a closet or cupboard. You can decorate the front as the book cover and fill the inside with pictures or objects which relate to the story.
22. Brown Bag It:
Take a plain brown bag lunch sack and decorate to show the cover of the book or scenes from your favorite chapter. Objects which remind of or relate to the story can be placed inside.
23. Story Cubes:
Make cubes out of construction paper. Use all six sides as spaces to tell about different parts of your story.
24. Body Parts:
Use a large piece of construction paper or tagboard. On this draw a big picture of the main character. On the side of the picture write something the character thought and draw a line from the comment to the character's head. Next, write something the character heard and draw a line to the ears. After that, write something the character said and draw a line to the mouth. For something the character saw draw a line to the eyes and for something the character felt draw a line to the heart. Find as many possibilities as you can.
25. Book Parade:
Use a shoebox to create a float that advertises your book. The body can be built on the shoebox with wheels attached underneath out of sight.
Ideas from Making Your FOURTH GRADE The Best It Can Be by Rick Kilcup, Bureau of education and Research, Bellevue, WA.