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Creating a Book
 by Sarah Todd

Sarah graduated from Midland in 2007, and is currently working on a degree in Elementary Education at Union College. The following describes a create-your-own-book project that she completed during her senior year.

During first semester of 2010 I was in a Children's Literature class taught by Kathy Bollinger. As part of the class, we had to complete a book project by creating a children's book of our own. 
The company we worked with was called Nationwide. They sent each one of us a book packet, with nine pages of special paper to create our storyline on. The odd-numbered pages were black & white print, and the even pages were color print. On one side I wrote the story, and on the other side drew the illustrations.
At first I had no idea what I was going to write about, but I happened to also be in a Reading Assessment class with E'Lise Stump. In this class we learned how to do Running Records, and about the different types of reading assessments you can do as a teacher.
It was in this class that the topic for my book hit me: "Rime Time" (yes, rime with an "i") This type of "rIme" consists of words that sound the same AND their endings are spelled the same, too (like shARE and cARE). The other type of "rHYme" has to do with words that just sound the same (like bear and care). I decided to create a book that could serve as a learning tool in my future classroom, so this was perfect!
As part of the process of creating the book, I decided to involve the 1st grade class that I was observing at Randolph Elementary. I developed a lesson plan that taught them how to rhyme with rimes. It was great fun and they were excited to create their own rhymes. 
In my book, you will find the rhymes that THEY wrote! I tweaked it a little here and there so I could illustrate to their rhymes, and with their help I got an 'A' in the class!
This program through Nationwide is very cool for teachers to use in their classrooms, and really gets kids thinking creatively!