Students will compile all of their writing into a pop-up book that is a take off on one of the original fractured stories, The Jolly Postman: Or Other People's Letters.
- Follow step-by-step directions.
- Create rhyming text modeled after that in The Jolly Postman: Or Other People’s Letters.
- Illustrate a pop up book.
- Present their completed book to the class.
- Complete a self-assessment rubric.
- Fractured fairy tales you used in Lessons 1-5
- The Jolly Postman: Or Other People’s Letters or another title that uses several styles of writing in a single book
- 9- by 12-inch construction paper
- Art materials, crayons, colored pencils
- 1/2-inch ribbon
- Pop Up Book Report printable (PDF)
Set Up and Prepare
- Print and make enough copies for each student of Pop Up Book Report (PDF). Students will only be using Steps 1 through 10. Note: These directions were written for a book report. In this lesson, I am adapting the printable to be used to create our pop up book.
- Following the directions given in Pop-Up Book Report (PDF), make a model of one or two pages you will share with the class
- Cut ribbon into four inch pieces. Each student will need two pieces.
- Prepare 5 letter size envelopes per student. I often ask parents to donate the envelopes. I usually receive a variety that work nicely for this project.
Step 1: Read the story The Jolly Postman: Or Other People’s Letters to the class. Discuss each vignette and the form of correspondence that was written. Ask students where they have seen those different styles of writing before.
Step 2: Tell students they will be making their very own pop up book that will hold all of the letters, invitations, essays, and narratives they have been creating the previous weeks.
Step 3: Tell students that the book will be set up into several sections. Distribute copies of the step-by-step pop up book directions. Go over all ten steps with students, modeling as you go. Remind the students that these directions were written for a book report and we are only using them for the assembly directions, not for content. Distribute paper and art materials.
Writing should go on the bottom of each page. On the top half of each section, glue an envelope that the correct piece of writing can go into. Smaller envelopes work best for this.
Below I have provided sample text you can have your students use. They may also create their own rhyming verse if they like.
Students give the book a title and include their name. In my class, all students give it the same title, calling it The Third Grade Postman – An Adaptation of the The Jolly Postman.
Once upon a time,So they say,A third grade postman came one dayFrom the courthouseNot far awayWith testimony from the wolf’s lawyer.
So off went the postman“See you later judge”To the house of the Little Old Man and WomanHope they don’t hold a grudge.
And he delivered a letter of complaint from an angry neighbor.
The man read the letterAnd he tossed it astray.It seems his little boyHad already melted away.
Once more on his bicycleThe postman did rideThrough the dark creepy forestHis eyes open wide.
He had to deliver some junk mail to the Frog Prince.
The prince read his flierAnd wished to be green.It was a witch he neededTo help with his scheme.
Just then the postman handed him a wicked witch’s resume.
The postman had enoughOf that little froggySo he got on his bikeand said “Get along little doggie!”
He had to deliver a Texas Hoe Down wedding invitation.
The postman rode off.His work was all done.This book is now finished.Hope reading it was fun!
Step 4: Plan on several days of class time to finish this project. Work with the class consistently to make sure they are following the directions.
Step 5: When all the glue has dried, have students decorate and address the envelopes they have glued to the top. “Stuff” the appropriate writing piece into each envelope. Glue the ribbon to the inside of the front and back cover. When the book is finished, just tie the ribbon together to hold all of your writing inside.
Step 6: Students can complete an online self-assessment rubric found in Scholastic’s online activity Myths, Folktales and Fairy Tales when they are finished.
Supporting All Learners
Students who are challenged in the area of fine motor skills may find this lesson somewhat frustrating. Always make sure there are a few student volunteers who can act as coaches to help classmates get through the difficult parts.
- Have students add additional pages to their book. Invite them to read more fractured fairy tales and respond in written form.
- Invite parents in to hear the stories and take part in a fairy tale celebration.
Inform your parents in a note or through your class newsletter whenever you begin a new genre in language arts. Encourage parents to share visit the library with the students to find fractured fairy tales, classic tales or myths. Also provide parents with updates on how their students are using the computer and what their writing goals are. You might also invite parents to help students while they are creating the books.
- Write rhyming verses to go with their writing samples
- Create a pop-up book
Did you have a wide enough variety of fairy tales and arts and crafts supplies? Are there any titles you would like to add to your collection for next year? Did you provide adequate time for each step? Did you brainstorm enough ideas together? Did you model enough for students to complete the assignment independently? Were all learners able to complete this lesson successfully? What would you do differently next time to improve this lesson?
- Did students follow the directions to complete the pop-up book?
- How well did students work during independent work time? Were they collaborating appropriately?
- Was the finished product quality work?
- How did students score on the online self assessment rubric found in this month’s online activity?