Book Report #1- Fiction-Recycled Art
For the first book report of the year, students are expected to read a fiction chapter book (at their own individual level). I will check the book in class to make sure that it is an acceptable choice. They may get this book from home, the school, or borrow it from our classroom library.
After reading the book, students will then need to write a five paragraph response to literature about the story that they read. The response to literature guidelines (as well as an example) can be found in your child's homework folder as well as on this website.
Students will also create a “recycled art” character for the creative aspect of this book report. This could be as simple as decorating a paper towel roll to look like the main character of their book. Perhaps your child would like to use an empty soda bottle to design his/her main character or use an extra sock that is lying around the house. The possibilities are endless! Students will share their projects in class on September 29th and should also be prepared to read aloud the first paragraph of their response to literature paper.
Have fun and let your child’s imagination soar!
Book Report # 2-Mystery/Adventure-Lifesize Picture
For the second book report of the year, students are required to read a Mystery/Adventure story. After reading the book, students will then write the standard five paragraph response to literature that was required of them for the first book report. Also, students will create a life-size picture of the main character from their story. For example, if a child read about Nancy Drew, he/she would have someone trace his/her body out of the butcher paper that is being sent home, and he/she would decorate the paper to look like Nancy Drew. This project and report is due on October 27th. Students can of course get creative, and make their life-size main character out of other materials besides butcher paper. Have fun!!
Book Report # 3-Biography-Paper Bag Puppet
For the third book report of the year, students are required to read a biography! After reading their book, they will then write a five paragraph response to literature with slightly different guidelines (since they will be writing about a non-fiction story). You can find the response to literature biography guidelines on this website.
In addition to the biography response to literature, students will create a paper bag puppet of the person whose life they read about. For example, if you child read about Amelia Earhart, he/she would make a puppet out a paper bag to resemble her. This project and report is due on December 1st.
The goal is to get creative and have fun!
Book Report # 4-Series-Diorama
For the series book report, students will again be asked to write the standard five paragraph response to literature that they have been doing all year long. In addition to the response to literature, students will need to create a diorama to go with the book that they read. They can be as creative as they like. Most students use a shoebox and create a scene inside of the box that goes along with their story. For example, if a student created a diorama on Island of the Blue Dolphins, he/she might put an ocean/island scene inside of his/her box along with Karana, the main character. That student may glue down sand, shells, a miniature canoe etc…and label what the items are inside his/her diorama. Remember…students should space out their reading so that they are not stuck reading 100 plus pages the night before the report is due! This report and project is due January 26th.
Book Report # 5-Award Winning-Performance
For this next book report, students are to
read a Newbery Honor or Award winning book.
Along with the normal response to literature that they will write,
students will need to present a 1-2 minute performance related to the book that they read. For example, students may sing a song about the
story, act out a scene from the book, or do some sort of poetry read. It is their choice, but it must be at least
60 seconds long! This report and project are due on February 23rd.
Book Report # 6-Free Choice-Free Choice
For the sixth and final book report, students may choose the type of book that they would like to read. When finished, they should write the standard response to literature required of them. They may then choose the type of project they would like to do. Some students choose to do another performance while others choose to create another diorama. It is entirely up to your child. This book report and project is due May 24th!