Yesterday, I had the pleasure of presenting a session at the ESOL Conference at Kennesaw State University. In truth, I had contemplated presenting back in October or November – whenever they were calling for presenters. Then, I forgot about it – things are moving so fast this year!
I thought that, since I had not sent in an official presenter application, that KSU had forgotten about me, too. So, imagine my surprise last month when I got an e-mail asking for my presenter information… I decided to go ahead and go for it.
I had planned vaguely last fall to maybe give a presentation on making mini books in the classroom. I have collected all sorts of resources on the internet, as well as bought many MANY possible supplies for making books. So I gathered as much as I could find: student examples, reference books, the photo albums and other book vehicles I had accumulated over the years.
Then, I worked and worked to plan on what handouts to provide with my session. I included information on folding 8, 12, and 16 page books from one piece of paper, and I demonstrated these using LARGE pieces of sketchpad paper in the front of the class. I also had a last minute inspiration to use some sentence strips to make little accordion books. There were 35+ attendees, and I ran out of handouts because I had only made 35 folders of paper.
I worked very hard to compile a list of internet resources on the more accessible and fun mini book projects that I could find. I told the attendees that I would make them available online. Here we go (this may take more than one post):
8 page mini book: There are many MANY sites that give instruction on how to make a book out of 1 piece of paper. Some people call it a “hot dog” book. I realize now that, since I gave people a copy of the folding directions, I didn’t include a link to folding directions. Here is a link from Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord’s wonderful website called Making Books with Children. At the bottom of the page, you can click on a link to print a PDF document of the instructions.
Pocket Mod: I could probably write an entire post on the wonders of the Pocket Mod, the free recyclable personal organizer, and I may. One day. For now, if you go to PocketMod.com, you can explore the different types of pages you can add to this little 8 page book – made, of course, from one printed page of paper. You can even print out 8 tiny copies of the folding instructions for projects on 8 page books in your classroom!
That is only the tip of the iceberg – there is also a free piece of software called the PDF to PocketMod Converter (click on the link to the right of the page to download). With this utility, you can type up 8 pages of your own and convert them to a mini book! The only caveat is that you have to first convert your 8 page Microsoft Word document into an Adobe Acrobat document, or PDF. If you have a Mac, there is already a utility to do this. If you don’t, then you need to find a PDF converter to download. I have BullZip PDF on my computer.
Additional useful links:
- Eduzone has a tutorial on formatting text on a computer for a mini book using Microsoft Word, I think.
- ReadWriteThink.com has a “staple-less mini book generator” that allows students to format their own mini book, then print it out.
- ArtJunction.org has a tutorial on making an 8 page paper bag book. There are also story ideas.
Now, I am going to just try and put the rest of my links up – I did categorize them. They are by NO means exhaustible in scope.
16 page mini books – a step up from the 8 page. These are also called maze books or meander books:
- 16 page meander accordion book from StampHenge.com
- Here is a cute sample mini book from Kansas State University with instructions on how to make a folded cover
- “maze” book (16 page folding book) from Scrapbook-Crazy.com
Accordion books – there are LOTS of links on these:
- accordion fold mini album – this is actually a concertina book, which has a more complicated fold
- accordion book report from Creative Book Reports (this is a sample from Maupinhouse Publishers)
- This is a tutorial on making accordion books with all sorts of fun options, such as pop-ups.
- The Toymaker.com has a “fairy” book template to print out, as well as a couple of pre-printed mini books on The New Year and The Circus.
- a flag book has some of the characteristics of an accordion book, but the accordion folding is short and you attach cards to make “flags”
- Here is another tutorial from Making Books with Children with PDF you can print out
- This index card and paper bag accordion book is also from Making Books with Children – it’s an interesting variation
- Here is a free sample tutorial on a Paper Bag Accordion Book by the Bag Ladies from Maupinhouse
Stapled books – these are simply made by folding paper in half and stapling the “spine”. They are also called “chap” books:
- This cute bubble mini book is already in print and illustrated
- The Codex Book Lesson – this codex is medieval, not Mayan
- chap book tutorial by StampHenge
- This folded matchbook style book counts – you just staple in a different place
- Here is a Lunch Bag Book that is a little more complicated – I think that, instead of sewing, that you could staple. The bags are folded in half, so that they make little pockets
Books in a Box – Most of these are accordion style, but some of the boxes are hand-made – you could put other kinds of books in a box, too.
- This project is an accordion book in a hand-made origami box – complicated, but beautiful
- This is another origami box project – a sliding matchbox and accordion book
- Here is a matchbox template from The ToyMaker.com
- These matchbox books are more like books with matchboxes in them, but they are cute, so I included them!
- Here is a project altering a CD tin with accordion or concertina book inside – I am sure that there are Altoid tin books somewhere, too.
- Like – here (Altoid tin book)
I still have more to list, but I need to sign off and continue later!