How many times during Grades 1 - 5 do elementary school students have to complete a writing assignment about their favorite books that they have read?
If you assign the writing topic "My Favorite Book" to your students, they will most likely yawn and be very bored because they have written about this topic many times before.
Instead, be different from other teachers by assigning this unique 1st Place Trophy book report project to your students!
For this fun book report project, students design a trophy for their favorite books that they have read during the school year. Students write about the main character, setting, their favorite part of the book, and why this book deserves the 1st Place Trophy Award.
Example of Finished Book Report Project: 1st Place Trophy Award
Although this book report project can be used any time during the school year, I use this project at the end of the school year. I have my students share their favorite book report projects aloud in class during the last week of school.
While my students are listening to their classmates' oral presentations about their favorite books, they are required to make a list of these book titles. Students take this list of recommended books home with them and use it for ideas of books to read over the summer vacation.
1st Place Trophy Book Report Project Templates
Project Measurements: 23 x 11 Inches
This uniquely shaped book report project contains 5 worksheet templates that assemble into a large 1st place trophy cup and stand.
The finished trophy book report project measures 11 inches in width and 23 inches in height (see example on the right.)
Everything that you need to complete these trophy 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 12 printable worksheets and template pages in this set, as well as a 5 page color bulletin board display banner.
These finished 1st place trophy projects will make a colorful and dynamic bulletin board display of your students' work.
In addition, this set of reading resources includes 8 reading award ribbons and a large trophy cup for you to use as a center piece for your classroom bulletin board display.
Traditionally, requiring students to write an end of year summary about their favorite books is a task most students find quite boring. By using these uniquely shaped trophy graphic organizers, your students will be enthusiastic to work on this assignment near the end of the school year!
This set of teaching resources includes assembling directions on how to prepare and assemble this favorite 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.
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 the grading rubric for this trophy book report project.
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 trophy 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 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 trophy templates.
First Draft Worksheet #1:
First Draft Worksheet #2:
This set of teaching resources includes 4 printable worksheets with 5 templates that are cut out and then glued together to form a trophy.
The finished trophy book report projects measure 23 inches in height and 11 inches in width.
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 a completed project looks like.
I always complete an example of this favorite book report project before I introduce this assignment to my students.
Before my students begin writing their first drafts of this assignment, I show them my finished trophy book report project. This colorful visual example immediately grabs my students' attention and they are excited to start working on this unique project from the very beginning.
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 as a free choice reading selection.
To save you time in coloring your example that you show to your students, I have included color trophy templates in this teaching resources set. I display my finished favorite book report at the front of my classroom so that students can refer to it as they are completing their own trophy projects.
Below: My Favorite Book Report
1st Place Trophy Color Templates
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 bulletin board 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' trophy 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: 1st Place Trophy: My Favorite Book Report Banner
(5 printable worksheets that are glued together to form a bulletin board display banner.)
EXTRA GOODIES: This set of teaching resources includes a large trophy cup for you to use as an accent piece on your bulletin board display.
This large trophy display piece is the same size as the student projects. There is a second copy of this trophy with the spelling of favourite written on it (not shown) included in this set.
I have designed 8 different colors of award ribbons that have #1 Book Award written on them. These ribbons measure 9 inches in height and 7 inches in width.
You will be able to design a colorful and dynamic classroom bulletin board display using your students' finished 1st place trophy book report projects.
These trophy graphic organizers are a unique and fun way to get your students excited about completing a writing assignment about their favorite books.
The writing responses that are required of your students will make them think and write about their books in a challenging and engaging way. In addition, this book report set includes trophy and ribbon accent pieces to help you in decorating your bulletin board display.
I hope your students enjoy completing this favorite book report project and reflecting on the books that they have read this year.