An accordion book with student illustrations on the front


Accordion books are a fun and creative way to practice vocabulary, tell stories, and collect memories of your favorite buildings and places in your neighborhood. They also make for great displays!

Materials: 8.5” x 11” cardstock (or construction or plain paper) ▪ Scissors ▪ Colored pencils, markers, crayons

Step 1: Fold your paper in half lengthwise and make a crease. Cut the paper in half along the crease so you have two long rectangles.

Step 2: Fold one of the rectangles in half crosswise to make a V shape. Your paper will look like an open book.

Step 3: Close the book and fold the top flap in half again, aligning its edge with the center fold. Flip the cardstock over and do the same fold on the other side. The cardstock should look like a letter W or M on its side.

Step 4: Time to decorate! Open your book and draw your favorite buildings and neighborhood memories on each flap of your accordion book. Turn the top flap into your book’s cover with a title, your name, and a cover picture.

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