Book Report #1- Fiction-Recycled Art
For the first book report of the year, students are 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. A planning sheet and pacing guide will be passed out in class to help your child plan accordingly. The response to literature guidelines (as well as an example) can be found 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 Thursday, October 24th and should also be prepared to read aloud the last paragraph of their response to literature paper.
Book Report #2- Mystery/Adventure-Life-size Art
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.
Next, students will create a life-size picture of the main character from their story. For example, if your child read about Nancy Drew, he/she would have someone trace his/her body out of the butcher paper that is being sent home. Then, he/she would decorate the paper to look like Nancy Drew.
This project and report is due on Thursday, December 19th. Students should also be prepared to read aloud the last paragraph of their response to literature paper. Students can of course get creative, and make their life-size main character out of other materials besides butcher paper.
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 the standard 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 Thursday, February 20th. Students should also be prepared to read aloud the last paragraph of their response to literature paper.
Book Report #4- Award-Winning-Diorama
For the award-winning book report, students may read any book that has won a medal or honorable mention. For example, your child may read Little House on the Prairie as it is a book that has received a Newbery Medal. Next, your child will again be asked to write a five paragraph response to literature to go along with his/her project.
In addition to the response to literature, students will need to create a diorama to go with the book that they read. Students may use a shoebox (or any other box) and create a scene inside that goes along with their story. For example, if your child wanted to create a diorama based on the book Island of the Blue Dolphins, he/she might put an ocean/island scene inside of his/her box along with Karana, the main character. Your child may also glue down sand, shells, a miniature canoe, etc.
One of our goals in the fourth grade continues to focus around long term planning. Students should space out their reading so that they are not stuck with 100 plus pages the night before the report is due! We continue to work on cultivating planning skills in the classroom. Thank you for all the support you give your child at home!
This report and project is due Thursday, April 9th. Students should also be prepared to read aloud the last paragraph of their response to literature paper.