Our first grade classes just finished up our community helpers unit and we had a blast!
We decided to take this social studies unit and make it our shared research project to start off first grade. The kiddos did great!
In this three week unit, we...
*read informational books about community helpers
*used our research skills to find important details
*brainstormed helpers using our ABCs
*created an ABC book using our pictures and words
During Reading time in their centers throughout the weeks, the first grade teachers rotated books in our classrooms so we got a new set of 10 books each day. Students read to a buddy or by themselves and marked important pages with a post-it note where they either read about how they help our community or saw a picture of them helping our community.
After about a week of reading and fun activities of community helpers, we made an ABC list of community helpers. The students came up with 24/26 of these.
(Q and Y were really hard for us to think of on our own, thanks Google!)
Then we began our shared writing!
This took several days. I buddied the students up for one page, so we did about 7-8 pages a day.
Each member of the team had a job (writer, thinker, illustrator, etc.)
Here are a few examples...
[And yes, I did the A, B, and C page for modeling.]
Then, I created the title page.
Holepunched the book together...
And put them on binder rings for easy flipping.
It is now a daily part of our reading library.
Students can read through it during the reading center. It is located in the informational book bin.
The students feel so proud that a book they wrote is in my library!
If you're interested in the templates for this book, click here!
Also, this Labor Day/Community Helper pack really helped in the introduction part of our project.