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Organizing a book launch

  • Level: Elementary school
    Age group:
    Students ages 6 and 7
  • When:
    November and December

Areas of learning:

  • Career planning and entrepreneurship
  • Citizenship and community life

Main objectives

  • Differentiate needs from wants
  • Explain a dream clearly
  • Become familiar with the cost and tasks related to planning an event
  • Find ways to financing an event

Execution

Students must illustrate a dream, match images to dreams, check those matches, publish the book, organize the book launch and take part in the financing process.

All the documents you need to carry out this activity are in the right-hand column under Useful links.

Task 1 objectives

At the end of this task, students will be able to describe, write and illustrate their dreams.

Instructions

  1. Propose that students write down their dreams individually and use complete sentences to describe them.
  2. Invite students to draw their dreams on another page and explain how this drawing will allow them to play an image–dream association game.
  3. Clearly number each student's story and write a letter of the alphabet, in caps, in a visible spot on each drawing.
  4. Display the stories and drawings all around the classroom.

Teacher's notes

  • To help students illustrate their dreams, fill out the tree-shaped word map with ideas of verbs and adjectives they could use, and post it in the classroom.

    Examples:

    • Verbs: I play, I learn, I wish, I win, etc.
    • Adjectives: amazing, extraordinary, generous, funny, etc.

    For groups of 7-year-old students:

    Ask them to describe their dreams and to complete a writing sheet to help memorize the spelling of words related to their topic.

    If students spend a lot of time describing their dreams, go back to the questions asked in the Preparation section.

  • Tell students that, for the game be successful, they need to illustrate their dreams clearly.

Task 2 objectives

At the end of this task, the student will be able to properly read the dream descriptions and match them with the corresponding images.

Instructions

  1. Invite students to take part in the image-dream association game.
  2. Hand each student an answer sheet.
  3. Choose soft mood music.
  4. Ask students to whisper read the dream description and to find the corresponding drawing.

Teacher's notes

  • Continue the matching game until students are no longer whisper reading or that more than half of the images have been matched correctly.
  • Repeat the image-dream matching activity at other times during the day or week.
  • Question students on dreams that come true and those that don't. Ask them what it takes to make a dream a reality.
  • Look for solutions as a group.
  • Encourage mutual assistance and stay in "solution-action" mode.

Task 3 objectives

At the end of this task, the student will be able to analyze his or her reading comprehension and writing process.

  • Time required
    One 20 minute period

Instructions

  1. Ask students to take turns reading their dream out loud.
  2. Ask students to find the illustration that matches the dream read.

    Examples of questions to ask:

    • Which drawing goes with this description?
    • What are the clues?
  3. Ask students to verify the answers on their answer sheet.
  4. Question students on their choice and ask them to provide details about their dream.
  5. Repeat this reflective sharing process until all students have answered. Spend no more than 15 minutes on this.

Teacher's notes

  • Invite students to form a circle for the reflective sharing process where they can take turns sharing their dream.
  • Question students on dreams that come true and those that don't. Ask them what it takes to make a dream a reality.
  • Look for solutions as a group.
  • Encourage mutual assistance and stay in "solution-action" mode.

Task 4 objectives

At the end of this task, the student will be able to participate in an event planning's budgeting process, which includes costs and financing solutions.

  • Time required
    One 20 minute period

Instructions

  1. Propose that students publish a book about their dreams, including their descriptions and images.
  2. Discuss with students the costs related to publishing the book, either having it printed on the school's photocopier or at a print centre.
  3. Discuss as a group the various other costs to take into account.
  4. Ask students for ideas on how to finance the production of the book.
  5. Once the money is raised, ask students about a dream they would like to see come true for the class.
  6. Let students come up with various possibilities and discuss with them just how doable these dreams are.

Teacher's notes

Propose that the book be published either online on the school's website or on another site. Choose mood music for the presentation of the book.

Suggestions for instruction 3:

  • Propose selling books to family and friends at the launch.
  • Propose asking for an entry fee for the presentation of the book, if it's published online.
  • Discuss costs and profits.

Suggestions for instruction 5:

  • Organize an event in the classroom. For example, invite a resource person.
  • Have a catered meal in class.
  • Buy games for the class.

Task 5 objectives

At the end of this task, the student will be able to take part in the organization of an event.

Instructions

  1. Ask students to work in cooperation to organize the book launch and recommend the formation of committees.
  2. Have students participate in setting up the committees.

Teacher's notes

Heterogeneous groups foster successful activities. Use the teaching material and what you already know about your students to create the committees.

Suggestion of committees Responsibilities
Welcoming committee
  • Write and read a welcome speech to all the guests.
  • Explain to guests how the book came together.
  • Help the teacher host the event.
Invitation committee Write an invitation letter to family and friends.
Snack committee
  • Make a list of snacks and refreshments for the event.
  • Make a suggestion to the group and ask for the students' collaboration.
Decoration committee
  • Think of how to decorate the classroom.
  • Make a suggestion to the group and ask for the students' collaboration.
Classroom organization committee Organize the classroom's layout for the event.

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