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Book Reports

Third Graders are responsible for reading 15-30 minutes four times per week. Each Monday, the teacher will check the calendar. We would like each student to complete one chapter book, one magazine article, and one newspaper article per month. Students will also be required to complete one book report per marking period on a specific genre. Details of the book report will be given to students at the start of each new book report genre. See the schedule below for the book report dates and genres.

1st Book Report: Sequoyah or Newberry Award book (any genre)

Due: Thursday, October 19th

2nd Book Report: Mystery and/or Adventure

Due: Thursday, January 11th 

3rd Book Report: Fairy Tale or Fantasy

Due: Thursday, March 8th 

4th Book Report: Autobiography or Biography

Due: Thursday, May 10th

Book Report Choices

Book Report Choices

Due: Thursday, ______________


Make It

1. Create a sculpture of a character. Use any combination of soap, wood, clay, sticks, wire, stones, old toy pieces, or any other object. An explanation of how this character fits into the book should accompany the sculpture.

2. Create a poster or display board presenting facts about your main character.

3. Construct a diorama (3D scene which includes models of people, buildings, plants, and animals) of one of the main events in the book. Include a written description of the scene.

4. Make a travel brochure (See Example).

5. Make a collage! In your collage you should illustrate the main characters, scenes or main events that retell the story.

Write It

6. Interview a character from your book. Write at least 10 questions that will give the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about his/her role in the story. However you choose to present your interview is up to you.

7. Write a diary that one of the story’s main characters might have kept before, during, or after the book’s events. Remember that the character’s thoughts and feelings are very important in a diary.

8. Write a feature article (with a headline) that tells the story of the book as it might be found on the front page of a newspaper in the town where the story takes place.

9. Imagine that you are the author of the book you have just read. Suddenly the book becomes a best seller. Write a letter to a movie producer trying to get that person interested in making your book into a movie. Explain why the story, characters, conflicts etc., would make a good film. Suggest a filming location and the actors to play the various roles. 

10. Choose the main event from the story. Write a script in your own words that describes the scene. Make a puppet that is described in your script. Use the puppet in your class presentation.

Talk About It

11. Give a sales talk, pretending the students in the class are clerks in a bookstore and you want them to push this book.

12.   Be a book critic and tell the class what you liked most or didn’t like in the book. Be able to give your reasons for your opinions. Rate the book on a scale of 1 to 5 stars (5 being the best).

13.  Be a TV or radio reporter, and give a report of a scene from the book as if it is happening “live.”

14. Do a book talk. Talk to the class about your book by saying a little about the author, explain who the characters are and explain enough about the beginning of the story so that everyone will understand what they are about to read. Finally, read an exciting, interesting, or amusing passage from your book. Stop reading at a moment that leaves the audience hanging and add “If you want to know more, you’ll have to read the book.” If the book talk is well done, almost all the students want to read the book.

If you would like to film your book report using one of the 15 choices you may do so, and bring the video on the day the report is due in class.