House Book Report Project: Your students will enjoy becoming architects and building a house about the characters and plot of the books that they have read. This unique project contains doors and windows that open up to reveal characters and scenes from the book.
These house shaped graphic organizers will provide you with all of the teaching resources that you need for your students to write about the main character, setting, plot, why it would be fun to live in this house with the main character, and a "home sweet home" moment from the story.
Students also have to add themselves as a new character in their story.
When this fun book report project is completed, it is a three dimensional display that has windows and doors that open.
Below is a photograph of a bulletin board display of my students' finished house book report projects.
Traditionally, requiring students to write about the characters and plot of a book is a task that most students find quite boring. By using this uniquely shaped House Book Report Project, your students will become enthusiastic architects who are busy custom designing their own houses.
This uniquely shaped book report project contains five worksheet templates that assemble into a house with a door and two windows that open up to reveal characters and scenes from the story. The finished house project measures 15 inches in width and 11 inches in height.
These finished book report projects will make a unique 3D classroom bulletin board display of your students' work.
Everything that you need to complete these House 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 26 worksheet and template pages in this set, as well as two different 5 page color bulletin board display banners.
This set includes assembly directions on how to prepare and assemble this project. Below is a sample of the direction pages.
This set includes a book report grading rubric.
I believe that it is important for students to evaluate their own work, so my grading rubric contains both a student assessment and a teacher assessment component. When the students grade their work, they color in the faces. When the teacher grades the work, the teacher circles the small numbers in each box beside the faces. I often find that my students are harsher on themselves than I am, and that the grade that I give them is higher than they have scored themselves.
Below is an example of my House 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 templates, instead they write on first draft worksheets. Then, they edit and revise their work on their own, with a partner, or in individual writing conferences with me.
This House Book Report Project contains five writing templates, one door area, and two window areas for students to draw pictures of characters and scenes from the story.
This set contains four 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 house templates.
Below are examples of the four first draft worksheets.
This set includes 5 templates that assemble into the shape of a house.
Below are examples of these 5 house templates.
On Template #1, students cut the right side and top of the door so that the door folds open. Then, they glue a picture of a scene from the book that they drew behind this open area.
On Template #2, students cut the middle and bottoms of both windows so that the windows folds open. Then, they glue a picture of the main character and themselves behind these two windows.
The drawing rectangles for the door and two windows are shown below.
When I am first introducing my students to a new project, I believe that it is important for them to have a visual picture of what their final draft should look like. I always assemble the project myself beforehand and complete it.
My students enjoy seeing my house project first (especially because I am horrible at drawing!). They also enjoy hearing about the book that I chose to do my book report on, and this gives me a great chance to promote a book that I would like to encourage my students to read.
To save you time in coloring your example that you show your students, I have included two different sets of house templates of this project for you to choose from.
Finally, I know that it takes teachers a lot of time to assemble their bulletin board displays. Many teachers spend their valuable time cutting out large display letters or making a banner on their own at home on their computer.
This time is valuable and better spent on developing your classroom curriculum and grading papers, so I have designed a matching 5 page display banner for your bulletin board. If you have access to a laminating machine, you can laminate your banner so that it is durable and you can use it year after year for your bulletin board display of these House Book Report Projects.
EXTRA GOODIES: For some of my book report projects, I am able to think of, and create, additional accent pieces to help you in decorating your bulletin board displays.
This House Book Report Project contains a second bulletin board display banner that contains the same house template shapes on it.
For your classroom bulletin board display, you may want to have your students' houses stapled above a road (like in the banner below), so I have provided a road banner for you to use to create a long road across your bulletin board display.
I hope that these two EXTRA GOODIES that are included in this book report set help save you time in decorating your house classroom display area.
You will be able to design a colorful and dynamic 3D bulletin board display using your students' finished house book report projects.
These house graphic organizers are a creative 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 characters and plot of their books in a challenging and engaging way.
This book report project is unique because it is a 2 dimensional student reading response project with a door and two windows that open up to reveal characters and scenes from the story.