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Students share their all-time favorite books with peers. They read and discuss the article Notable Children's Books of 2007. Afterward, they create book webs and compose reviews based on their book selections.
Students, after reading a variety of books, choose one book to analyze story events and summarizes them in one illustration for a book jacket cover. They gather information about bas-relief sculpture and use that technique to create a book report to present to others.
Introduce young writers to the process of writing a book. Start by reading a book of your choice and discussing the essential elements of any book such as the cover, story, and illustrations as well as who is responsible for each section: the publisher, author, and illustrator. Then explain that as a class they will be making their own book and assign these roles to individuals. Students should draw and illustrate as appropriate to create this book.  
In this first of four lessons on book design, students are introduced to the vocabulary of book design through the use of bookwalks and a non-linear PowerPoint presentation in game-show (Jeopardy!) format.
Students practice summarizing a story that they have read. They write a persuasive essay encouraging others to read the story they have finished. They are to create a movie trailer or advertisement to promote the book.
Students create an "I Spy" book. In this book writing lesson, students work in groups to come up with a topic for their page. They create individual pages in the "I Spy" format. 
First graders create either an alphabet or number book using Kid Pix software. In this alphabet and/or number unit, 1st graders design a themed alphabet and/or number book using the Kid Pix software over the course of three weeks.  Students work collaboratively with an older student, teacher, or adult volunteer for assistance.   
First graders create a book about themselves and their world. In this All About Me book lesson plan, 1st graders complete prewriting activities, along with sharing their books with others.
I really like this charming presentation on the parts of a book. This PowerPoint is designed for very young readers, and colorfully shows these important elements. The information on the cover of a book, the table of contents, the glossary, and the index are all covered here. I wouldn't hesitate to use this with my kindergarten or first grade class. Very good!
Students explore comic book superheroes. They make connections between their adventures and everyday life experiences. They work in collaborative groups to conduct research, design cover art, and create an interactive Venn diagram comparing real life heroes and comic book superheroes.
In this parts of a book worksheet, learners review the definitions for title page, copyright page, table of contents, and index. Students then use the example pages for a title page, copyright page, and table of contents page to answer the question.
In this recognizing information in the Table of Contents and Index worksheet, students refer to the table of contents and index provided to help answer questions. Students write 5 answers.
In this parts of a book learning exercise, students read a paragraph and then examine a table of contents page. Students respond to 10 short answer questions regarding the information
Students create an original art book after studying nontraditional boomaking. In this visual arts lesson, students watch a video on the work of Julie Chen and discuss the concept of books as three-dimensional art. Then students are asked to create a nontraditional art book.
What is the difference between a textbook and a trade book? Learners read the short passage and information provided before completing the questions that follow. A home activity is also provided that encourages parents to flip through a textbook with their child. How is it organized? What information does it contain? 
If your learners are curious about human achievement, superlatives, or esoteric trivia, the Guinness Book of Records is a way to tap into instrinsic motivation and relevance. Here's an informational reading that will grab their attention while they practice comprehension strategies, making inferences, vocabulary development, and test prep. Seven multiple choice questions on comprehension, inference, vocabulary and more follow the reading. Includes detailed explanations for answers to each question.
Young learners examine different places in their neighborhood using informational texts. First they identify a place that they like to play and predict if it will be in the nonfiction book Community at Play.They will share their favorite place and their prediction with a partner before listening to the story. Several extension ideas are included including a dramatic play and oral story problems. 
In this wetlands worksheet, students follow directions on how to make an online a - z book about the wetlands. Students follow 5 sets of directions.
Have your class investigate the use of a table of contents and index to find information. They identify characteristics of informational books and add them to a chart, then demonstrate how to use the index and table of contents by trying to locate specific information in a text. After they find what they are looking for they write down the page number where they located the information.
How do you calculate your Body Mass Index, and why is this information a valuable indicator of health? Your class members will discover not only what BMI is and practice calculating it using the height and weight of six fictitious individuals, but in the process they will also learn valuable skills of interpreting information, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions based on evidence.

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