Sunday, May 23, 2010

Book Reports

During our Salamander Room unit, I decided to have the kids do a book report on a book related somehow to nature/outdoor adventures - you know in the spirit of The Salamander Room. I took the recommendation of Jimmie, a fellow blogger, and decided to use the Weekly Reader - Let's Write a Great Book Report booklet. For under $5, I thought it would be something easy to try with our books.

First we established a calendar for finishing the different steps of the report. The kids took notes on words they didn't know. I7 found a lot more he didn't know the second time he did a chapter as he read to me.

We've been talking about story structure and sequence of events in addition to cause and effect.

Of course we talked about setting and plot. E11 has considered this really easy and it's been a challenge for the younger ones. Still it's good practice in reviewing all these elements and I'm hoping to see a fine product in the end.
As you can see, R9 chose My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. E11 chose On the Far Side of the Mountain also by Jean Craighead George and I7 chose Daniel Boone- Young Hunter and Tracker by Augusta Stevenson (once I convinced him there would be plenty of adventure). They've all enjoyed their own perspective on enjoying the outdoors through their book choices.

I'm looking forward to the final product by the end of this week.


Diane said...

Sounds like a good process for book report writing. We did our first book report this year with a book "Brady" about the Underground Railroad. I need to start teaching her how to do a short research paper next.

Jimmie said...

Cool. I hope it works for you. I felt that I got $5 out of it. :-)

Krystal said...

Thanks for the link! I've been looking for a good book report format.