After reading, I always let the students share their funny teacher memories. Almost every single one can relate to the ideas the little boy had about his teacher. It's so cute to hear my third graders say, "A long time ago, when I was in kindergarten, I thought..." Adore!
For publishing this innovation, I try to move my students away from the templates and onto notebook paper or the lined publishing paper we'll use throughout the year. I keep mailboxes full of cute thematic paper so students can pick and choose for their projects during the year. Since I don't have paper for every imaginable book, I also keep colored copies of plain lined paper. If you don't already have something similar, here's a freebie of my vertical and horizontal paper options. They're nothing fancy, but they bind better than notebook paper. Some years I also collect each student's individual story and turn it into a class book. It's cute to set out for parent/teacher conferences when parents have to wait in the hallway. You can also grab a copy of the covers too.
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