As a teacher I know that teaching writing can often times be one of the most difficult tasks for teachers. Today I found a book that I would love to share with students in the early elementary grades (K-2): How to Bake a Book by Ella Burfoot.
This book is about a little girl who sets out to bake herself a book. She mixes words and rolls in characters and in the end has herself a delicious book.
I could see reading this book before a creative writing unit in class. It’s funny and a little bit silly. It also might just be the way to get more hesitant writers thinking about the ingredients that go into making a great story. Writing a good story can sometimes be difficult for petites, where to start, how to start, but when you break it down into pieces like a recipe it seems a lot less daunting.
I think that this book would be perfect for kindergarteners and first graders, this is such a fun book, with such fabulous vocabulary boosting words. This book is sure to get a giggle from your petites and I’m sure will inspire some creative writing from your students.
A whole class idea that I have been thinking would be so much fun to engage kids and get them thinking about writing would be able to do a whole class or smaller group activity. In this activity, each student would have a piece to the story, whether it’s a word, character, image of setting and have a large bowl with a spoon and put it all together as a class. It would be so much fun to work on this as a whole group and see what the kids come up with then share their book with the class and their families.
How would you use How to Bake a Book in your classroom?