This unique book report project will provide you with all of the teaching resources that your students will need to plan a birthday party for the main characters of their books.
Based on what your students have learned about their main characters, they have to choose a location, guests, food, gifts, and games that they will play at the birthday party.
Your students will find these unusual writing responses delicious and they will enjoy using their imaginations to plan a fun party for their main characters. When my students have finished their projects, I bring in a large birthday cake for the whole class and we all sing happy birthday to our main characters and enjoy a slice of birthday cake.
These finished birthday cake book report projects will make an
eye catching bulletin board display inside your classroom.
This uniquely shaped book report project contains five templates that assemble into a tall birthday cake about the main character of the story. The finished project measures 9 x 17 inches.
Everything that you need to complete these birthday cake book report projects is included in this set of teaching resources. All that you will need is scissors, glue, tape, and coloring pencils.
There are 14 printable worksheets and template pages in this set of teaching resources, as well as a 5 page color bulletin board display banner.
Your students will have fun creating a project based on the main characters of their books by planning a birthday party for them, rather than writing typically boring character descriptions.
In addition, this set of reading resources includes 8 birthday balloons and a large Happy Birthday Cake that can be used as accent pieces for your classroom bulletin board display.
Watch these short videos to learn more about this fun book report project!
This set of teaching resources includes assembling directions on how to prepare and assemble this birthday cake book report project. Below is an example of the assembling directions worksheet.
A book report grading rubric is included in this set of teaching resources.
The following areas are assessed on this grading rubric: content, word choice, organization, proofreading, and final presentation.
I believe that it is important for students to evaluate their own work, so my book report rubric contains an assessment section for both students and teachers.
When students evaluate their book report projects, they color in the faces on their grading rubric worksheets. When a teacher evaluates the projects, the teacher circles the small numbers inside each box on the printable worksheets.
Below is an example of my birthday cake book report grading rubric.
I believe that the writing process is important and that teachers should use process writing whenever possible.
For this reason, my students never begin their book report projects by writing on their final draft birthday cake templates, instead they write on first draft worksheets.
Next, my students edit and revise their written work on their own, with a partner, or in individual writing conferences with me.
This birthday cake book report project is designed as four tiers of a cake. The tiers of the cake in this book report include:
For the bottom tier of the birthday cake, students write about the location of the party and the guests, food, gifts, and games.
Students write about the main character, setting, plot, and conclusion in the second tier of the birthday cake. These 4 writing topics are assembled together to form a flip book that is stapled to the second tier of the cake.
Information about the title, author, and genre of the book is written in the third tier of the birthday cake. Students draw a picture in the top tier of the birthday cake and write their names and date on the plate.
This set of teaching resources contains two printable worksheets for students to write their first drafts on.
On my first draft worksheets, I have designed the writing line spaces to match the spaces allotted on the final draft birthday cake book report templates.
This book report project contains 4 templates that are assembled together to form the shape of a 4 tier birthday cake.
Below: Birthday Cake Black and White Templates
4 printable worksheets that are cut out and then glued together to form the shape of a birthday cake.
When I am first introducing my students to a new book report project, I believe that it is important for them to have a visual example of what the completed project looks like. I always complete an example of this birthday cake book report project before I introduce this assignment to my students.
Before my students begin writing their first drafts, I show them my finished birthday cake project. This visual example immediately grabs my students' attention and they are excited to start working on this project from the very beginning. I have found that my students are engaged and use their best effort as they go through the steps of the writing process and complete this fun book report project.
My students also enjoy hearing about the book that I chose to do my book report project on. This is also a wonderful opportunity to share a book that I would like to encourage my students to read.
To save you time in coloring your example that you show to your students, I have included color birthday cake templates in this set of teaching resources. I display my finished birthday cake book report at the front of my classroom so that students can refer to it as they are completing their own projects.
Below: Birthday Cake Color Templates
4 printable worksheets that are cut out and then glued together to form the shape of a 4 tier birthday cake.
I know that it takes teachers a lot of time to design and assemble their classroom bulletin board displays.
Many teachers spend their valuable time cutting out large display letters or making a banner at home on their own computers.
In order to help save you time in assembling a bulletin board display featuring your students' birthday cake book report projects, I have designed a 5 page banner that is included for free in this set of teaching resources.
If you have access to a laminating machine, I recommend that you laminate your banner so that it will be more durable and you can use it again in the future.
Below: Birthday Cake Book Report Banner
5 printable worksheets that are glued together to form a bulletin board display banner.
EXTRA FREE TEACHING RESOURCES #1: For each of the book report sets that are available on Unique Teaching Resources, I try to design some extra bulletin board accent pieces that will help you to decorate your classroom bulletin board display that features your students' book report projects.
This set of book report lesson plans includes a large birthday cake that says, "Happy Birthday to Our Main Characters!"
EXTRA FREE TEACHING RESOURCES #2: I have designed 8 birthday balloons for you to add as accent pieces on your bulletin board display. Tie a piece of string around the bottom of the balloons to make it appear as if the balloons are floating in the air.
You will be able to design a colorful and dynamic classroom bulletin board display using your students' finished birthday cake book report projects.
These birthday cake graphic organizers are a unique and fun way to get your students excited about completing a writing assignment about the books that they have read.
The writing responses that are required of your students will make them think and write about the main characters of their books in a challenging and engaging way.
In addition, this book report set includes birthday themed accent pieces to help you in decorating your bulletin board display.
I hope that your students have fun and are engaged in learning as they plan a birthday party for the main charactersof the books that they have read.