Children's Book Project

  • Children's Book Project

    We have the chance to apply some MS Word skills while creating a nice learning opportunity and memory for some kindergarten students. You will create a little book made with the intention of helping young children read. The books will be customized with the children's names, sight words, and individual interests.  We will then visit the kindergarten class and share the books.  

    Basic Book Creation Instructions

    1.    Open a new MS Word Document.

    2.    Save the file as “book-last name-title.

    3.    Adjust your page set-up as follows:
    -          File – Page set up –  Landscape
    -          File – page set-up – margins – set all to 0.5” (narrow).
    -          Choose a “line between” the columns. (more columns)

     Page Order and Numbering Hint:

    1. Get some small pieces of paper (perhaps by folding a normal sheet in half several times and then cutting along the folds).
    2. Fold them like pages of a small book.
    3. Do not staple or tape the center.
    4. Write a few words on each page to describe the future content of that page.
    5. Number the pages in sequential order. See Sample Layout below.

    Sample Layout (for a 4 page book)

    This is just to demonstrate the idea of layout for folding pages. Your book should have more pages.


      Highlight, bold, or underline the "sight words" in your story.

    Copy and paste the Grading Rubric below into a new document. 

    Self-evaluate, print, and hand it in with your book.

    Student Name:                                                      

    Grading Rubric





    Max Points

    Your Estimate

    Actual Grade


    Use space well overall (5)

    Foldable, vertical binding (2)

    Margin width (3)

    Front and back covers (3)

    Author biography with photo (2)

    Info, image, or content on every page (5)







    Use easily readable fonts and sizes (7)

    Word Art x 2 (2)

    Clip Art x 2 or more (2)

    Internet Image x 2 or more (2)

    Drawing feature: lines, circles, … (2)

    Accurate Table of Contents (5)








    Appropriate for a Child (10)

    Makes sense, logical order (3)

    Highlighted Sight Words (3)

    Page #s in proper sequence (4)






    Matches your skills and potential. An expert would consider everything like the potential readers, buyers, and printer ink usage, copyright info, UPC Bar code or QR code, and some things not list here. (18)

    Print this page, add your name on top, and hand it in with your book. (2)









    1 point per page, but REMEMBER …

    Total Pages must be a multiple of 4 because you get 4 pages from a single sheet of paper (2 halves – front and back)













    Bonus (2 points)

    Self Evaluate – if “Your Estimate” matches the “Actual Grade” I give you, then you get the bonus. You must show where you lost your points unless you think you earned a perfect 100. 

    Lesson and Project Learning Objectives

    ISTE Standards - International Society for Technology in Education

    1. Creativity and innovation

    Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

    a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes

    b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression

    2. Communication and collaboration

    Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

    a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media

    b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences in a variety of media formats

    4. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making

    Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

    b. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project