It takes a village to write and publish a book, but we did it! It all started with a genre study of ABC books. Ms. Skonieczny's kindergartners learned that authors make lots of decisions when creating a book. We chronicled our journey through the genre study by creating noticing charts for several ABC books. These charts helped kids identify important parts of books or ways authors use illustrations, rhyming, color, bold text, or alliteration to tell a story.
One of the books we studied was Alphabet City by Stephen Johnson. This book inspired us to create our own environmental ABC book. To practice finding letters, Ms. Husain, Ms. Medina and Ms. McLaughlin took a few sample photos and organized them into a Notebook 11 file for kids to find hidden letters as a group.
Using their iPads, the kindergartners searched high and low hunting for hidden ABCs on our school grounds. While encouraged to find as many letters as they could, each child was assigned (by taping a card to their iPad) one particular letter to showcase. Using the free Shutterfly Photostory App, we created an ABC book using the student photos and sentences they created for their assigned letter...can you find alliteration, rhyming and patterns in our book? We had more letters than students, so we also included a few teachers and one special guest too! We hope you enjoy our book, BPE ABC, as much as we enjoyed creating it!