Anyone who knows me personally or has been in my classroom knows that I LOVE to make class books with my monsters. Some years we create a class book every.single.day of the school year. When we get a good variety, we do a drawing and each child takes a book that we've made home. If we are consistent, each student gets to take home a few of our class books during the year. I wouldn't be exaggerating to say that these books are the most read books in the whole class library!
Oftentimes the writing page is linked to a read aloud. We talk about vocabulary, generate ideas, and then I turn the kiddos loose to create their page. It's an easy start up activity for writing with first graders. This is the read aloud and writing page that I use for the first day of school. If you haven't read this book, you really should. It's great fun!