Friday, July 10, 2015

All About Me Paper Bag Booklets: A DIY Tutorial and Freebie

Hi there! I'm Shelly Rees from Appletastic: Blossoming in Fifth Grade. Looking for a creative way to better know who your students are, but you don't want something that takes a ton of prep work and materials?  Then try making these sweet All About Me Paper Bag Booklets!

For each student, you will need:

  • 3 brown paper lunch bags
  • 3 pieces of ribbon (each piece about 3 inches long)
  • 6 squares colored construction or cardstock paper (about 4 1/2 inches x 4 1/2 inches)
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • copies of All About Me template (Get the FREE download HERE.)

First, place the 3 paper bags in alternating directions. The bottom flaps should be face up. Then fold each bag in half, keeping them in alternating directions.

Next, place the bags on top of each other, keeping them in alternating order. Fold in half and punch 3 holes (you can use 5 if you prefer) along the folded edge.

 Thread ribbon pieces through the punched holes and tie with a double knot.

Then, cut out the 6 template pieces for the booklet. The free download has black and white pieces for the inside pages. It also has colored pieces for the cover, if you want to print in color. The download is editable, so you can type in your students' names in your favorite font. You can also have them write their own name in marker, if you want to go that route.

 After all the pieces are cut out, adhere them to the colored cardstock paper, and then glue them to the pages. (You can glue down the flaps from the bottoms of the bags before placing the cardstock square over it.) Each inside double page spread will have one page with a labeled cardstock piece and one blank paper bag page.

When the book is all assembled, have students draw, color, add embellishments, make lists, add pictures, create collages, and make the project their own individual expression of who they are. The pages with open ends of the bags can be used to hold extra items, such as photos and memorabilia. If students do this, they may want to secure those pages closed with paper clips or brads when the booklet is not in use.

After all booklets are finished, have students take turn sharing their creations with the rest of the class!

If you're looking for some more wonderful freebies, check out the FREE section of my TpT Store!
Here is one to get you started:

You might also like my Back to School First Week Survival Packet!  Print and go!

Happy Teaching!
Shelly Rees


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