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Construction & Use of Storybooks

Printing, Assembling, and Using Your Minibook

To Print and Assemble

Print PDF file of minibook
At copier, print double sided copies of book. You may need to invert the second side of each page as many copiers will print the backside upside down if you do not. See next page for numeration when copying.
Fold book in half and staple together.

Using Minibooks

Minibooks are a great way to reinforce vocabulary and themes in the Foreign Language classroom. They also provide a home-school connection, and encourage students to share with their parents what they are learning.

Follow these four steps when introducing and utilizing minibooks:
1) Take a picture walk- before you begin to read, “walk” through the book, showing the pictures and identifying known vocabulary.
2) Read the text out loud to the class. This gives them a chance to associate the text with the pictures.
3) Hand out the copied books, one to each student, and have the class read along with you. (Wow, you can read Spanish!)
4) Allow time for students to color the illustrations. This is the perfect time for the teacher to go to each student and ask he/she to read to /with you individually.
*If you will be spending more than one class time on the minibook, be sure to go through steps 2, 3, & 4 each time you work with the minibook.

When copying minibooks, the numeration is as follows for double sided copying (you will need to set your copier to ‘1 to double sided’ or ‘single sheet to double sided’):

For a four sheet pdf minibook:

Cover page on one side; pages 1, 6 on the backside
Pages 5, 2 on one side; pages 3, 4 on the backside

For a six sheet pdf minibook:

Cover page on one side; un-numbered page, page 9 on the backside
Pages 2, 7 on one side; pages 8, 1 on the backside
Pages 4, 5 on one side; pages 6, 3 on the backside

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