As part of our First Grade Reading / Writing Curriculum, first grade students learn about informational text, from simple "how to" books to informational nonfiction about animals and many subjects of interest.
One of our writing units of study engages first graders in constructing and writing an "All About" book on a topic of interest to them - anything from Girl Scouts and Rainbow Loom to Christmas or puppies. Teachers guide students to select a topic that they feel they are an "expert" on because the writing process takes many weeks and the topic should sustain their interest and be developed over several chapters. (One student even said he was an "expert" on baby brothers!)
After handwriting their books in class, the students arrived at the library this year ready to publish their documents on Google Docs. (This is the second year we have collaborated on this project, but the first year students used Google Docs to publish their work.) Weeks of typing in library class resulted in a finished "All About Book," which were printed and organized (and illustrated by the students if they did not use internet images).
On one of the final days of school, all students and first grade teachers gathered in the library with their published books for an "All About Book" celebration! Small groups rotated throughout the library, and students got to share their work with about 4-5 students from other classes. I am ALWAYS amazed how our first graders demonstrate growth. They come in September not always knowing how to write a full sentence, and they leave with a published book of their own creation!
Click through some of the sample books below to view their work!
Congratulations first graders and thank you, teachers!