• Book Reports

    Dear Parents,

            Each year, third grade students are required to do one book report each nine week grading period.  Each grading period I will assign a particular type of report I want the children to do.

    1st quarter:  No Book Report

    2nd quarter: Popcorn Bag Book Report

    3rd quarter:  Cereal Box Book Report

    4th quarter: Biography (dress as your person with a prompt)

     

            Each report will consist of: reading an entire book that is appropriate for your child’s reading level, completing  the report following the rubric guidelines and presenting to the class before the end of the grading period.  Their grade will be entered at the end of each quarter.  No excuses for not having a book report finished in nine weeks.

            Please help your child pick a book at his or her reading level.  Whether your child is reading at a second grade level or fourth grade level, there are many books from which to choose.  Their book may come from the school library, public library, or from home.

            These book reports and projects are meant to be fun, non-stressful experiences for families.  I understand that to some degree your child may need your assistance with the project part, but for the most part I’d like this to be their responsibility.  At the beginning of each grading period I will send home an explanation of the required book report, rubric, and any materials I may be supplying.  Please get with me if you have any questions.  Let’s get excited to read and create some spectacular reports!

     

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Katie Mason

     

     


     

    2nd Quarter Book Report 

     

    Popcorn Bag Book Report

     

    Student Materials: White lunch bag ( teacher supplied)

                                              Crayons or colored pencils

                                              Popcorn (teacher supplied)

     

    Due Date:________________________

     

    Procedure: Each student will read any genre of a fiction book. (fiction, historical fiction, mystery, fairytale, poetry, comic, adventure…….)  On the white paper lunch bag students will boldly write the title, author and illustrator and create a new book cover design or illustrate your favorite scene from the book.  On the other side of the lunch bag glue down the completed book report summary.  Be sure to carefully and correctly fill out the report form. 

    On the day of presentations students will open their popcorn bag book reports and I will fill them with popcorn and enjoy our classmates’ presentations.  Please send a drink with your child to have with the popcorn.

     

     

    Popcorn Bag Rubric

     

    Front of Bag:

              Title- (underlined & correctly capitalized)           5 pts.

     

                Author/Illustrated- (correct capitalization)          5 pts.

     

                Picture- (neatly colored book cover or scene)     5 pts.

     

    Back of Bag:

                Book report summary                                             20 pts.

     

                Proper capitalization & punctuation                      5 pts.

     

                Spelling                                                                   5 pts

     

    Presentation:

                 Volume/Speed and Fluency                                    5 pts.

     

                                                                           Total:         50 pts.

     

                  

     

    Comments:

     

     

     
     
     
     
    3rd Quarter Book Report
     

    Cereal Box Book Report

    A Non-fiction Book Report

     

     

         This book report is made from a cereal box.  You will read a non-fiction book and present your information and cereal box in front of the class. 

     

         After you have read your book you will take an empty cereal box and cut it down the middle to the bottom of the box. * Leave a header at the top for the title. (I have an example in the classroom.) Please have an adult help you with the cutting.  The entire outside of your book will need to be covered and designed to go along with your book.  On the inside you will glue pictures that you have drawn or cut out that relate to your book’s topic.  You will need to write and glue down a “fact caption” for each of the pictures that you have chosen to share with the class.

     

     Follow the attached rubric to ensure you get all possible points. 

     

    Cereal Box Rubric

     

    I.            The Cereal Box

     

    1.       Cover the entire box &

          design the front………………………………….5 pts

    2.       Title on front (written correctly)… 2 pts.

    3.       Author listed…………………………………………2 pts.

    4.       At least 10 interesting “fact captions”

           glued to inside flaps and back………10 pts.

    5.       Pictures for each “fact caption”…….10 pts.

    6.       Neatness:

               mounting & cutting……………………..2 pts.

              

     

    II.        Presentation

     

    1.       Volume & speed……………………………………………2 pts.

    2.       Fluency………………………………………………………….2 pts.

    3.       At least 10 facts orally presented…….5 pts.

                      

                                          Total:   40 pts.

    Comments- 

     


     

     4th Quarter Book Report

     

    Biography Book Report

     

            Your book report will be a biography on a person from the past or present.  When you present your person you will dress like your person and have at least one prop to go with it.  For Example:  If you chose Ben Franklin you would dress like him and bring in a lightning rod or kite for your prop.  You can make your prop if needed.

     

     

            Your written report must be filled out and turned in when presenting.  I will provide note cards for the report if you need them.  When you present your person to the class, you will speak in first person and use your note cards. You should not be reading your entire report.

     

     

            If you follow the rubric you will do well and receive a high score.  This grade will be added to the grade book at the end of the quarter.  I have included the written report form. Please look at the following list of possible choices.  You may have someone else in mind, just check with me.  Please return the parent signature and chosen person form as soon as possible.  Remember you have 9 weeks to put this together.  If you or your parents have any questions come see me. We will present our reports as a class on May _________.

     

     

    Biography Rubric

    Due Date:________________

     

    I.          Brought in parent signature/chosen

                  book slip……………………    5 pts.

     

    II.       Written Report

    1.   includes early childhood…………10 pts.

                        young adult……….....10 pts.

                        adult ………………....10 pts.

    2.   Three written paragraphs……......5 pts.

    3.   Spelling…………………………… 2 pts.

    4.   Capitals & Punctuation………….2 pts.

    5.   Neatly written or typed………….1 pts.

     

    III. Completed Life Timeline..........10 pts.

     

     

                                                              Total:  50 pts.

    IV.    Presentation

    1.   Fluency & Volume Control………..5 pts.

    2.   Note cards to read from……………10 pts.

    3.   Costume………………………………25 pts.

    4.   Prop……………………………………10 pts.

     

                                                                   Total:  50pts.

     

    I have read the Biography Book Report assignment with my child __________________.  He/she will be doing a biography on________________________________

    Date:________ Parent Signature:__________________________
     
     
    Biography List (just ideas!)
     

    Architects/Landscapers

    Frank Lloyd Wright

    Frederick Law Olmsted

    Artists/Magicans

    Claude Monet

    Leonardo DaVinci

    Pablo Picasso

    Vincent VanGogh

    Ansel Adams

    Grama Moses

    Walt Disney

    Harry Houdini

    David Copperfield

    Athletes

    Michael Phelps

    Wilma Rudolph

    Lou Gehrig

    Muhammad Ali

    Michelle Kwan

    Joe Namath

    Apollo Anton Ohno

    Michael Jordan

    Lebron James

    Authors

    Charles Dickens

    Theodor Gisel (Dr. Seuss)

    Han Christian Anderson

    Lewis Carroll

    Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

    Composers

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ludwig Van Beethoven

    Johanna Sebastian Bach

    Dancers

    Anna Pavlova

    Mikhail Baryshnikov

    Fred Astaire

    Explorers

    Sylvia Earle

    Christopher Columbus

    Matthew Henson

    Kit Carson

    Daniel Boone

    Meriwether Lewis &

    William Clark

    Amerigo Vespucci

    Inventors

    Alexander Graham Bell

    Thomas Edison

    The Wright Brothers

    Henry Ford

    Louis Braille

    Musicians

    Bob Marley

    Elvis Presley

    Johnny Cash

    Ray Charles

    John Lennon

    Royalty

    Henry VIII

    Queen Victoria

    Prince Charles

    Princess Diana

    Scientist

    Albert Einstein

    Isaac Newton

    George Washington Carver

    Marie Curie

    Galileo

    Dr. Eugenie Clark

    Presidents/Supreme Court Justices

    Thomas Jefferson

    Andrew Jackson

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Woodrow Wilson

    Ronald Reagan

    Thurgood Marshall

    Sandra Day O'connor

    Patriots

    Ben Franklin

    Francis Scott Key

    Betsy Ross

    John Hancock

    Thomas Paine

    Paul Revere

     

    Native Americans

    Sequoyah

    Crazy Horse

    Tecumseh

    Sacajawea

    Pocahontas

    Women Who Made A

    Difference

    Susan B. Anthony

    Mother Theresa

    Amelia Earhart

    Harriet Tubman

    Clara Barton

    Annie Oakley

    Florence Nightingale

    Helen Keller

    Anne Frank

    Jane Goodall

    Astronauts/Aviation

    Buzz Aldrin

    Neil Armstrong

    Sally Ride

    Alan Sheperd

    Christa McAuliffe

    Charles Lindberg

    Orville Wright

    Wilbur Wright

    Amalia Earhart

    Poets

    Louisa May Alcott

    Jane Austen

    Emily Dickenson

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Robert Frost

    Civil Rights/Fairness

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Rosa Parks

    Ruby Bridges

    Lucy Burns

    Cesar Chavez

    Delores Huerta

    Actors/Actresses

    Charlie Chaplin

    Julie Andrews

    Bill Cosby

    Shirley Temple

    Marilyn Monroe

    Jim Carey

    Johnny Depp

    Dancers

    Anna Pavlova

    Miikhail Baryshnikov

    Fred Astaire

     

Last Modified on August 3, 2021