I love to write books with my class. When we write books that feature my students and things/places they know, my students are motivated to read and become more confident in their reading abilities (even when reading other things). Our class books are always a favorite of my students, and who can blame them. Everyone loves to be a star!
Each student also had their own page with the nutcracker and they LOVED seeing themselves and their classmates in the book. The books we make ourselves are always my student's favorites to read, of course, because they get to be the stars! I have found that I don't need to add symbols to these books for my students to read (even though many are non-readers). Since they are familiar with the pictures and items in them, and then fact that they helped write it, they can usually read it pretty well! And if we don't get everything exactly right, who cares?! :)
Download our Nutcracker Book for free! (All pages with students pictures have been removed). Do you make class books? I'd love to hear about them!!