April 10, 2012

Save Time and Paper with Mini ABC Books!

Free Mini ABC Booklets - perfect for so many different types of projects!
Have you ever had your students do an ABC booklet as a project? One way to do this is to ask students to use full sheets of paper and create a separate page for each letter of the alphabet. On each page they include a word, a bit of text, and an illustration related to their topic.

The problem is that it takes forever to complete and it requires over 20 sheets of paper per student! My Mini ABC Book solves both of these problems, and it's free, too! The booklet consists of 4 printable pages that are duplicated front to back on 2 sheets of paper. Fold the pages and staple them in the middle to create a small booklet.

Students complete the pages by writing a sentence for each letter and drawing one illustration per page. Since each half page has 4 alphabet letters but only one place to draw a picture, it takes about 1/4 of the time to complete as a regular ABC booklet.

The booklet shown above can be used for almost any ABC project. Assign topics, or let students choose their own. Make sure the topic is broad enough that your students will be able to think of a keyword or phrase for each letter of the alphabet. In science, you might use this during a study of the the solar system. In social studies, it would work for community helpers or a historical time period. In health, it would work great for a nutrition unit.

Cooperative Learning ABC Projects
How about turning this into a team or partner project? Ask team members to brainstorm ideas together for each letter of the alphabet and then divide up the pages to do the work. However, you won't be able to print the pages front to back; instead, glue them together after students finish their individual pages.

Free Mini ABC Booklets - perfect for so many different types of projects!
ABC's of Me Booklet
A fun variation of this project is the ABC's of Me booklet. It's a great way for students to get to know each other at the beginning of the year, and it makes a nice end-of-year project, too. Each letter of the alphabet has a sentence starter to help students think of something to wrote. For example, the sentence starter for A is "An adventure I would like to have is ...."

Thanks to Francie Kugelman for the ABC's of Me concept. I designed the booklet, and several teachers on Facebook contributed ideas for sentence starters for each letter of the alphabet, so this was definitely a collaborative effort!

Where to Download These Freebies
Both of these ABC Mini Books can be found on Laura's Best Freebies, a private page on my website that can be accessed by subscribers to my newsletter, Candler's Classroom Connections. If you're a current subscriber, check your recent emails from me to find a link. If you aren't a subscriber, you can sign up for free on Teaching Resources here.

ABC Project Topics Needed
How might you use the ABC Mini Book? Do any topics come to mind? Please share your ideas in a comment below.


  1. I have older students make silly Animal Alliterations. Example: The bouncing baby bear goes berserk. The students also illustrate it and they love sharing some of the most outrageous alliterations. We usually do this in a group and split up the alphabet since they love to create pictures and share with everyone.

  2. Hi Laura!!

    I have found wonderful ideas from you blog before, but I guess I hadn't stopped by since I started blogging, so now I am finally following your blog so I can stay up to date on all your fabulous posts! I LOVE this mini-booklet! This summer I fell in love with the Sleeping Bear Press alphabet books! One of my favorites is G is for Golden: A California Alphabet. It is perfect since I teach California history the whole year! I had been wanting to have my students make some kind of book based on that one that we read at the beginning of the year, but like you said, I wanted something not so time consuming! This is a great way to accomplish that! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Lessons with Laughter


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