BOOK OF DAYS – Days of the Week, Colour, Shape

Students create a Book of Days in this 3-part lesson. First they use a cereal box to make the covers for a simple book and decorate them using paint and construction paper. Then they create 7 decorated papers for inside the book using crayon resist and printmaking techniques, and finally they assemble the book and use the papers to record events over the course of a week.

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BOOK OF DAYS – Days of the Week, Colour, Shape

Supplies:

  • Crayola Markers
  • Crayola Crayons - Regular NOT Washable
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Glitter Paint
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Washable School Glue
  • Crayola Construction Paper - variety of colours
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Masking Tape
  • Plastic File Folders - Cut Into Rectangles - 1 piece per student
  • Large Cereal Boxes - 1 per student
  • Small Tree Branch about .5 cm (.5") diameter x 27.9 cm (11") long
  • Elastic Bands - Medium Length - 1 per student
  • Small Pieces of Sponge - about 3 cm x 3 cm (1.25" x 1.25") - 1 per student
 

Steps:

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Step 1
  1. Cut 2 pieces of cardboard from a large cereal box to a size that matches the size of your writing paper, for example, 22.9 cm x 30.9 cm.
    - cut the box so the fold at the side of the box is part of the front cover.
    - let the fold part be about 6.5 cm wide
  2. Punch holes in each end of the fold part about 6 cm from each end and about 2 cm from the outside edge.
  3. Paint the cover with glitter or project paint.
  4. Set it aside to dry.
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Step 2
  1. Glue pieces of construction paper onto the cover.
  2. Write the title of your book on the construction paper.
  3. Add other details to make your cover look special.
  4. Set the cover aside while you make some decorated papers for inside the book.
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Step 3

Prepare the Paper

  1. Gather 7 pieces of paper the same size as the cover of your book.
  2. Place the cover on top of each piece of paper.
  3. Mark where the holes are on all the papers.
  4. Punch holes that match the cover holes in each piece of paper.

Attach the Plastic

  1. Roll a piece of masking tape with the sticky side facing out to make a loop.
  2. Use 4 loops to fasten a piece of plastic file folder about 11 cm x 21 cm to one piece of paper.
  3. Make sure the tape is under the plastic shape.

Decorate Your Paper

  1. Use crayons to colour a scene or design, including a day of the week, on the outside edges of the paper.
  2. Press hard with the crayon.
  3. Leave some paper white.
  4. Over the next few days repeat the process to decorate a paper for each day of the week.
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Step 4
  1. Colour some marker ink on the plastic shape.
  2. Make sure the ink stays on the plastic shape and does not go on the paper.
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Step 5
  1. Dip a small piece of sponge into water.
  2. Squeeze most of the water out of the sponge.
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Step 6
  1. Drag the wet sponge over the marker ink and onto the crayon design.
  2. Continue in this way until the outer frame is complete.
  3. You have made a stencil print.
  4. Gently remove the plastic shape from the paper.
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Step 7

Organize the Papers

  1. Gather your 7 decorated papers.
  2. Stack the papers together in order from Monday to Sunday.
  3. Place the papers between the front and back covers.
  4. Make sure the holes line up.
  5. Paper clip everything together.

Make the Book

  1. Poke an elastic band from the back to the front of one of the holes.
  2. Make sure it goes through all of the papers and both covers.
  3. Place the stick through the loop of the elastic band at the front.
  4. Repeat for the other hole to fasten the book together.
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Step 8
  1. Each day write about something that you did that day.
  2. At the end of the week go back and read each page to remember what you did all week long.
  3. Think about how you felt doing each of those things.