Colorful Covers

Colorful Covers lesson plan

What's inside these Colorful Covers? A journal? E-mail addresses? Class notes? Photos? This book is great for cool-looking reports!

  • 1.

    Ask students how they could you use a blank book? To write a journal? List e-mail addresses? Present a report? Write poetry? Let students choose how they will use their Colorful Covers.

  • 2.

    Students use their imagination to design a bright book cover. With Crayola® Colored Pencils or Color Sticks, draw a picture in a shape that tells about what's inside. For example, make the book in the shape of a state if writing a report on a state.

  • 3.

    Color the drawing with Crayola Crayons or Color Sticks. Accent it with Crayola Washable Markers. Mix colors to make it original. Add words to describe the book. Cut out around the drawing with Crayola Scissors.

  • 4.

    For the inside pages, cut white paper the same size and shape as the cover. Line up the cover and pages. Punch two or three holes along one edge. Thread each hole with ribbon and tie securely.

  • 5.

    Record information, poems, or lists in the book with colored pencils. Organize the material so it is clear and logical.


  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Students create colorful covers with original illustrations to represent a scene from a favorite book. The interior of the "book" includes book report information such as the theme of the book, plot, character descriptions, etc.
  • Students create a photo album about a friend or family member. Fill the book with photos, descriptions, and funny things that have happened to the friend or family member.