Using adapted books in the classroom brings so many benefits to you and your students. Book discussions, comprehension practice, fluency… the list could go on and on.
And adapted books aren’t just for the special needs classroom or your lower level readers. They’re for everyone.
I get a lot of questions, as the author and creator of Adapted Work Binders and Adapted Piece Book Sets, about adapted books…
What are adapted books? How do you make them, where do you find all of the books, would these be a good fit for my classroom, and mostly… how do you even implement them appropriately/how do you use these in your classroom?
These are the basic supplies you will need to create an adapted book:
- Scotch Thermal Laminator
- Scotch Laminating Pouches (200-pack)
- Hook/Loop velcro dots
- Loop velcro strips
- Scotch Packing Tape – Clear
If your students are a little more rough on books or like to rip paper, you’ll want to cut the binding off of the book, laminate the pages, and rebind the book with coils.
If the book is larger and you want to rebind it (or to laminate file folders):
You’ll also need the books:
If you are adapting children’s books that your students already know and love, you’ll enjoy this blog post on Building a Classroom Library on a Budget. I share my tips on how and where I score books for cheap!
If you are printing the adapted book from a PDF download, you’ll find over 600+ adapted books here that I have written. Lots and lots of topics covered!
To learn how to prep an adapted piece book set, this video will do a great job of explaining the process. It is a replay of a Facebook Live I did to prep a book from December’s APBSet.
QUICK TIP VIDEO RECAP:
- Print and laminate all of the pieces first, even the question boxes that go into the books. This helps if/when you misplace a question box on the tape, you can easily peel it off without ruining the piece.
- Follow the instructions for printing on page 2 of each book piece PDF. The boxes provided are 2″ in size and way too big for many of the books. Page 2 tells you what size to print them and how to do that.
- Use the preview videos (they can all be found here on my YouTube channel) to help you in putting the question boxes on the correct page. You don’t have to use the same page placement though.
- Store the answer mats inside of the books. I like to purchase an extra of each book, that way I can have one non-adapted book and one adapted book. This way, too, I have more opportunities to meet the needs of all learners in the classroom.
The video below is a quick 2-minute video that shows you step-by-step how to put an adapted piece book set together.
ADAPTED BOOK PREP
To learn how to prep an print/prep adapted book, you will find this blog post super helpful with pictures of each step.
Adapted Books can be used in many ways in any classroom setting.
How do I use adapted piece book sets in whole group lessons?
In my classroom, I love using adapted piece book sets in the whole group setting. Not only can I progress monitor reading goals on multiple students at the same time, the whole group lesson allows students to participate with one another and work together to complete a task.
Typically, one adapted piece book set will last 2-4 days worth of story time. It all depends on the book (and how long it is), but the first day we read the book without using the answer pieces. We read during story time after snack, which is in the afternoon.
On Day 2, when we do a whole group lesson, all of us (paras included) are at the back kidney bean table. I split the answer pieces up among the students, and not in any special order.
For longer books (and the sake of your sanity and time), you can easily number the answer pieces using a permanent marker after laminating. Students don’t need to know the numbers are there, but the numbers will help you keep the lesson moving smoothly.
Depending on the length of the story, we will finish the story in 1 or 2 days. We always try our hardest to finish the adapted book in one sitting, but no two days are the same and you never know when something will come up.
How do I use adapted books in centers or as independent work?
After we finish reading the adapted book in whole group, I will add it to the wire book rack for students to read during independent choice time, or I will add it to an independent center for students to work through a second or third time.
It all depends on the book and the students. 🙂
How do all of the answer pieces get “put back”?
Just like with Adapted Work Binders, there are answer pieces that have to be “put back” after use.
Typically, this looks like me (the teacher) putting all of the answer pieces back on the answer piece mat at the end of the day. It takes less than one minute, so it isn’t a tedious task at the end of the day… it’s actually kind of relaxing.
How do you store the books after they’ve been used?
I keep the answer mats right inside the book, and then put the book inside of the bin. I really like these bins because you can write on the orange part with a dry erase marker to keep track of what is inside the bin.
While I don’t think there is one specific way to utilize adapted books in the classroom appropriately or effectively, I think it is important to remember that you need to do what works best for you and your students.
What works best for me and my population of students, may work for you now… but not next year. Or maybe it will work perfectly for you now, you just need to adapt it a little to really tailor to the individual needs of your students. And honestly, what works for me this year may not work for me next year either.
It’s all about taking the content and the intent of a resource, and making it fits YOUR needs. Not the other way around.
What questions do you still have about adapted books and adapted piece book sets?