SEW A BOOK – Alphabet, Texture, Line

Students create a personal book with the first letter of their name drawn in glue on the cover.

Required Time

40 Minutes

Grade Level

Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 1


Language Arts
Visual Arts


alphabet line rubbing texture


Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue Crayola Washable Broad Line Markers - 10 Count Crayola Crayons - 24 Count Crayola Washable Glitter Glue Crayola Glitter Crayons - 16 Count Crayola Scissors Copy Paper - 14 cm x 21.6 cm (5 ½" x 8 ½") - 4 pieces per student Coloured Cardstock Paper - 14 cm x 21.6 cm (5 ½" x 8 ½") - 2 pieces per student Yarn Masking Tape Paper Clips Hole Punch Broken Crayons - Paper Removed Embellishments

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SEW A BOOK – Alphabet, Texture, Line - Step One

Step One

  1. Draw around the outline of the letter with washable glue.
  2. Allow the glue to dry overnight.
SEW A BOOK – Alphabet, Texture, Line - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Place a piece of the book paper on top of the glued letter.
  2. Use a piece of broken crayon to rub over the surface of the paper.
  3. Feel where the glue lines are with your fingers.
  4. Rub over the glue lines with the crayon.
SEW A BOOK – Alphabet, Texture, Line - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Decorate the cover of your book.
  2. Colour in and around your letter.
  3. Draw something about you.
  4. Make it colourful.
SEW A BOOK – Alphabet, Texture, Line - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Stack all the papers together.
  2. Place the decorated cover on top.
  3. Place the white papers in the middle.
  4. Place a coloured paper on the bottom.
  5. Paper clip all the papers together.
  6. Use a hole punch to make holes along one edge of the papers.
SEW A BOOK – Alphabet, Texture, Line - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Wrap a small piece of masking tape around the end of a piece of yarn to make a lace.
  2. Thread the yarn through the holes going in one side and out the other.
  3. Tie the yarn at each end.
SEW A BOOK – Alphabet, Texture, Line - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Write and draw on the pages in the book.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • create a personal book;
  • sew papers together;
  • create a rubbing of a letter;
  • work independently and self-regulate;
  • share their ideas with peers;
  • demonstrate a sense of accomplishment.


Have students:

  • look for other materials around the classroom they could use to make a different book;
  • use the materials to create new books and compare the results;
  • ask each other questions such as,
    How are the books the same?
    - How are they different?
    What do you like the best about making your own book? Why?
  • share their ideas with the class.



  1. Prior to this lesson photocopy cardstock papers with the individual letters for each student. (Downloads – AlphabetSewnBook.pdf)
  2. Depending on the abilities of your students, either trace around the letters with white glue, or have students trace around the letters with white glue
  3. Allow the glue to dry overnight. 
  4. Sort the glued letters into separate piles.
  5. Provide time for students to practice punching holes in cardstock paper, and threading a lace in and out through the holes.
  6. Provide time for students to explore making rubbings with a variety of textured materials.
  7. Gather, and make available, a variety of alphabet books, for example, ABC of Canada, by Kim Bellefontaine, and‎ Per Henrik Gurth; The Construction Alphabet Book, by Jerry Pallotta,‎ and Rob Bolster; My First ABC, by DK; A Northern Alphabet, by Ted Harrison; and DC Super Heroes ABC 123 Board book, by David Bar Katz.
  8. Set up a bookmaking centre with paper, hole punches, washable glitter glue, embellishments, broken crayons, markers, yarn, scissors and coloured pencils. 


  1. Conduct a read-aloud using an alphabet book such as ABC of Canada, by Kim Bellefontaine, and‎ Per Henrik Gurth to discuss and observe the use of letter illustrations in a story.
  2. Invite students to point out the letter in the alphabet that is the first letter of their name. 
  3. Show them the glued cardstock letters.
  4. Introduce the centre.
  5. Introduce the challenge.


The Challenge

  1. Use your own ideas to make a book.
  2. Sew the papers together.
  3. Create a rubbing of a letter.
  4. Share your ideas with others.
  5. Work independently and manage your behaviour.

The Process

  1. Ensure that students understand the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I:
    - use my own ideas to make my book
    - sew the pages together
    - make a rubbing of my letter
    - explain how I made my book
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in the lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work.
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.


  1. Gather students to view and discuss their books. Ask students to share:
    What they learned about making a book.
    - What they learned about making a rubbing of a letter.
    - What they like best about their books.
  2. Display all the books in the classroom.
  3. Encourage students to view the books and notice how they are the same, and how they are different.


  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the books – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Download – SewnBook_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have grade 1 students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Download – SewnBook_self-assessment.pdf)