Things That Roll

  • crayons or markers
  • glue
  • old magazines
  • paper
  • scissors
  • writing materials
  • author
  • illustrator
  • title

MA Standards:

Writing/W.PK.MA.2: Use a combination of dictating and drawing to explain information about a topic.

Head Start Outcomes:

Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing: Experiments with writing tools and materials.
Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing: Uses scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent objects, stories, experiences, or ideas.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Composition 16: Use their own words or illustrations to describe their experiences, tell imaginative stories, or communicate information about a topic of interest.

Things That Roll

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Skill Focus: Concepts of Print, Vocabulary

Tell children they will make their own books about things that roll.

  • The first page will be the front cover of the book. 
  • Write a title, such as Does It Roll? on each cover and include a line for the author to write his or her name.
  • Read aloud the title, pointing out the spaces between words, and ask children to name any letters they recognize.
  • Have them write their names on the line and decorate the cover.

Explain to children that they can use a combination of drawings and pictures cut from old magazines. On the inside pages, write captions as children dictate words and/or sentences to describe or talk about each object pictured.

Talk with children about their completed books and display them in the Library Center for children to share.

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