Many preschool classes have an "All About Me" unit, in which kids make posters to describe the most important aspects of their lives. Older kids can enjoy creating "All About Me" posters as well, as they struggle throughout their childhood to define themselves and to learn about what they like and dislike. You can develop "All About Me" posters differently depending on the age of your students.
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Toddlers and Preschoolers
In this young age group, you can't expect any writing on their "About Me" posters. Instead, give each child a piece of construction paper with "About Me" written on the top, and let kids draw pictures of their families, things they like to do, their favourite foods, their pets, and anything else they think describes them. You can also give them old magazines and let them cut out pictures that they think describe them. At this age, it is particularly important to let kids talk about their posters to the class, explaining what each picture represents.
Early writers, on the other hand, can use an "About Me" poster as writing practice. Give out strips of paper containing sentence frames, such as "My favourite food is__," "I live with my ," and "I love to ___." Let kids draw their own pictures to go with each sentence frame.
Alternatively, you can make one large "About Me" poster for the class, containing several of these sentence frames with a small piece of double-sided tape or other adhesive over the blank. Kids can then write their answers on a small piece of paper backed with adhesive and take turns putting their answers onto the class poster.
Older children can enjoy this project as well if they have access to digital cameras or old, recyclable pictures. Let them take their own pictures of things that are important to them--perhaps several on each major topic--and then label each picture or group of pictures. For example, one child might glue several pictures of herself on the ice rink, with the label "I love to skate, and I hope to be in the Olympics one day," as well as several pictures of herself and her dog, with the label "I got Charlie from a pet shelter when I was seven, and he's been my best friend ever since." Abstract ideas work well with this group, so that a child might have a picture of the classroom globe with the label "I want to do something to change the world when I grow up."
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