Thursday, December 6, 2012

Alternative to Paper and Pencil Book Reports!

Maybe it’s just me, but I DON’T enjoy reading and grading 25+ one page long book reports.  Not only are they tedious for me, but I’m not sure how much my students actually liked them either…  that’s when I had the bright idea that I needed to make a change! 

First I did some research and found this awesome Scholastic book that made book reports more fun! 
This is what I found:
24 Ready-to-go Genre Book Reports: Engaging Activites with Reproducibles, Rubrics, and Everything You Need to Help Students Get the Most Out of Their Independent Reading

The book report format that instantly became my favorite was turning your book into a board game. The kids LOVED it and instantly book report day became one of their favorite times of the month. 

My strategy was to have students turn them in on a Monday or Tuesday, grade them, and by Friday let students spend part of their afternoon discussing the books they read and playing the student created board games! 

Here are some examples of my students awesome work:


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