Fun and Creative Book Report Projects

Reading Resources and
Lesson Plans For Teachers

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Bored Elementary Girl Student

Are your students bored with completing
traditional worksheet responses
about the books that they have read?

blue bullet point Do your students look like this student when you assign them a writing activity about a book that they have read?

blue bullet point Many students enjoy reading novels as a class, or on their own, but the majority of students moan, yawn, or complain when it comes down to writing about a book that they have read.

blue bullet pointInstead, engage your students in reading by providing them with activities that build reading comprehension and writing skills in a fun and challenging way!

blue bullet point Reading Book Happy Girl Student My students are eager to read their next books and complete their book reports because each project is different from the previous one in style, layout, and content. My students are motivated to finish reading their books, so that they will receive a sticker on their reading sticker charts.

blue bullet point I have found that my students strive to use their best effort to complete their book report projects because they are proud of their finished work. The bulletin boards in my classroom are filled with eye catching and colorful displays of my students' projects.

blue bullet point I have created six web pages devoted to different types of reading resources. Below you will be able to read information about these six different reading resources pages.

blue bullet point You can click on the underlined links in each paragraph, and at the bottom of each text box, to go to these six reading resources web pages.

Below you will find information about the
different kinds of reading resources that
are found on Unique Teaching Resources.

Elementary Students Reading Program Teaching Resources

1. General Information About Using Book Report Projects

General Information and Tips On Using Book
Report Projects To Engage Your Students In Reading

Cute Elementary School Boy Reading a Book

On this page, you will find reading resources on how to use book reports in your class. This reading resources page contains information about some of the different strategies that I have used with my own students to promote reading literature.

You can read about the three easy steps that I have successfully used with my students that has engaged them in reading books on their own. My students are excited to read their next books and begin their next projects. They think that reading is fun!

On this page, you will also find examples and photographs of many of these unique reading resources and student projects.

Click here to go to book reports information page.

2. Book Report Templates and Projects

Unique, Fun, and "One of a Kind"
Book Report Projects That Your Students Will Love!

Cute Elementary School Girl Reading a Book This web page contains over 25 different book report templates and projects. These fun reading projects come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and themes.

I created all of the book report projects that you will find on this page for my own students. These book report projects have been tried, tested, and refined over the years as I have used them year after year with my students.

Rather than reading an explanation about the book report projects that are on my website, I'm going to share a few of the letters that I have received from teachers about these reading resources.

Click here to go to book report templates and projects page.

Name: Margaret
Grade: Year 5
From: Victoria, Australia
Comment: Dear Heidi, I just wanted to say thank you for the most amazing reading resources that I have ever come across in my thirty years of teaching. I used many of the book report projects this year and the students absolutely loved them. What was particularly pleasing was seeing some of my reluctant readers (especially the boys) really wanting to read books and complete the activities. Keep up the great work!

Name: Arlene
Grade: Grade 4
From: Ohio, United States
Comment: Thanks for the great book report resources on your website. I'd rather pay for something that I will use, instead of purchasing an entire teaching resource book and only use 1 or 2 things. My students are really excited about completing the Castle Book Report project. These are the types of activities we need, especially with inner city 4th graders who need to learn how to work together and keep engaged at the same time. I've posted your site in the teacher's lounge and will help spread the word.

Name: Shirley
Grade: Grade 1
From: Florida, United States
Comment: Just thought you would like to know that I just finished doing the rocket book report projects with my 1st graders. THEY LOVED IT!! I will be looping up to 2nd Grade with them next year, so I am saving the school bus book report for the beginning of the year. You can bet that I will be ordering others!

Name: Robin
Grade: Grade 4
From: Pennsylvania, United States
Comment: Thank you so much for letting me know about the new book report templates. I have been anxiously watching for the house book report project to be posted on your site, so I was excited to be able to purchase it today. It is absolutely adorable. I must tell you that I have received so many compliments from other teachers this year about my students' book reports that I have displayed in our school halls. I also have a student teacher and she loves all of your teaching resources too! Thank you again for all of your wonderful make my life so much easier as a teacher!

Name: Mary
Grade: Grade 4
From: New York, United States
Comment: I feel so fortunate to have found your website. I have referred several of my co-workers to your website. Just for the month of January, there were three teachers displaying your book report projects. I have the trophy book report projects, my neighbor to the left had the computer book report projects, and my neighbor to the right had the birthday cake book report projects. Thank you so very much for all of your work!

Click here to go to book report templates and projects page.

3. Teaching Resources for Specific Book Titles

Lesson Plans for Specific Book Titles:
Large Group Projects and Individual Student Projects

Elementary School Students Fun Group Projects

What kinds of activities do you provide your students with after they have read a book together as a group or as a class?

The reading response projects that I have created provide students with a unique way for them to respond to the books that they have read together in a fun, yet challenging way. These projects are fun, creative, and guaranteed to help you keep your students on task.

Learning to work in cooperative groups is an important skill that we must teach our students. As teachers, we need to present our students with opportunities to work together with their classmates. On this resources for books web page, you will find many cooperative group projects based on popular children's novels.

Students Working Cooperatively Together On a Group Project

For each book title, you will find LARGE and creative group projects for your students to complete after they have read a book together. There are also fun individual student projects available for the majority of the novels that are found on this page.

All of these individual and group projects contain the following components: direction page, first draft writing page, grading rubric, final draft templates, color final draft templates, and a five page banner for you to use as a title for your classroom bulletin board display.

Elementary Students Working on Groups Projects in Classroom

Above: Even though most of my students are out of their seats....
my students are engaged and on task
when they are working on group projects together!

Enormous Crocodile Fun Group Project Working Together

Above: These students are working on a fun group project
for the book The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Fun Group Project Author Roald Dahl

Above: This is a group project for the book
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

Click here to go to resources for books page (list of all book titles.)

4. Reading Sticker Charts

Motivate and Reward Your Students For Their
Progress in Reading By Using Reading Sticker Charts

Dog Reading Sticker Charts and Templates

I have created some unique reading incentive and sticker charts in a variety of different themes and shapes.

  • Do you want to promote and encourage independent reading in your classroom?

  • Are you looking for a unique way to record the number of books that your students have read?

  • Do you want to encourage your students to read a wider variety of genres of literature?

My sticker charts are unique because I have designed them in fun animal and holiday shapes. You will not find any plain rectangular or square shape sticker charts on Unique Teaching Resources.

I have also designed a five page matching banner (see two examples below) for each sticker chart set for you to use for your classroom bulletin board display.

Above Right:
This is an example of my Puppy Reading Sticker Charts.
These reading resources encourage students to read
15 books in the time frame that you have set them.

Reading Pizza Shaped Sticker and Incentive Charts

Reading Sticker Chart Pizza Shape for Elementary Students

This is an example of my Genre Reading Pizza Sticker Charts.
These reading resources encourage students to read
across a wide variety of different genres.

Dive Into Reading a Variety of Books Bulletin Board Display

Fish Reading Sticker Charts Dive Into Reading Program

Above: This is an example of my
Dive Into a Variety of Books sticker chart set.

This reading sticker chart encourages students to dive into reading a
wide variety of different genres and contains 11 different fish templates:

angel fish, jelly fish, moray eel, puffer fish, sea snail, sea turtle, butterfly
fish (shown above), clown fish, sea horse, sea snake, and sting ray

Click here to go to reading resources
incentive and sticker charts page.

5. Learning Sight Words

Free Sets of Flashcards and Words Lists For
Fry and Dolch Sight Words

Being able to recognize and read sight words is one of the basic building blocks of learning how to read.

A sight word is a word that children can read readily without having to sound it out. To lay a foundation for learning how to read, it is imperative to introduce sight words to children.

Free Fry Sight Words Lists and Flashcards Set 1 Dr. Edward B. Fry 1000 Instant Words List (which is commonly referred to as Fry Words) are the most common words in English ranked in order of frequency.

In 1996, Dr. Fry published a book titled "Fry 1000 Instant Words." His research found that a mere 25 words make up approximately 1/3 of all items published. He discovered that 100 words comprise approximately 1/2 of all the publications written, and 300 words make up 65% of all written material.

On this reading resources page, you will find free Fry flashcards and word lists for his 1000 words, which I have divided into ten sets. There are also flashcards and a word list for Fry's 100 Picture Nouns.

Free Dolch Sight Words Flashcards and Lists for Reading

The Dolch Sight Words are a list of the most frequently used words in the English language. These sight words make up 50 to 70 percent of any general text.

The Dolch list contains 220 words that have been arranged by levels of advancing difficulty, as well as a list of 95 Dolch nouns.

On this page of reading resources, you will find free Dolch sight words and flashcards for the following levels: preprimer, primer, first grade, second grade, third grade, and the Dolch nouns.

Click here to go to reading sight words page.

6. Award Winning Book Lists

Newbery and Caldecotte Book Lists

Literacy and Reading Elementary School Students

Are you looking for a list of award winning books for your students to read? On this web page you will find entire book lists for these awards:

  • Newbery Medal Books (present - 1922)

  • Newbery Honor Books (present - 1922)

  • Caldecotte Medal Books (present - 1938)

John Newbery Medal Book List for Children's Books Do you want to read an award winning novel aloud to your students?

Do you want to challenge your students to read literature that is rich with content and characters? Then, choose a Newbery award winning book that your students will surely enjoy!

The Newbery Medal is selected each year by the Association for Library Service for children. It is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published during the preceding year.

Caldecotte Medal Book List for Children's Picture Books Do you want to read an award winning picture book aloud to your students?

Do you want to engage your students in literature that is rich with colorful illustrations and stories? Then, choose a Caldecott Medal winning book that will captivate your students' attention!

The Caldecott Medal is selected each year by the Association for Library Service for children. It is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published during the preceding year.

For some of these award winning books, I have created fun and engaging group projects, as well as individual student projects. You can use the projects and reading resources found on this page to supplement these classic and award winning novels. Below you can view examples of projects from two Newbery award winning books.

Shiloh Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Fun Group Project Activity

Above: This is a group project for the book
Shiloh written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
This book won the Newbery Award in 1992.

For this project, students describe the main characters (Marty
and Judd) and write about the problem, solution, and conclusion.

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources

Above: This is a photograph of a bulletin board display in
my classroom of my students' finished Shiloh group projects.

Below: In the three photographs below, you will see examples of my castle group projects for the book The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman. This book won the Newberry Award in 1987. For this large castle shaped project, students describe the four main characters and the setting, problem, solution, and conclusion.
Castle Group Projects for The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

Above: We are working on completing the final draft of our
The Whipping Boy castle project. By working in a cooperative
group, we learn from each other and have fun at the same time!

Fun Group Project Lesson Plans for The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

Above: We are proud of our finished
The Whipping Boy castle group project!

Castle Group Projects Classroom Bulletin Board Display The Whipping Boy Sid Fleischman

Above: This is a classroom bulletin board display
of my students' finished castle projects.

Click here to go to reading resources
Newbery and Caldecotte Medal books page.

Thank you for visiting my Reading Resources page.

Please be sure to check out the other pages on Unique
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for a large variety of fun lesson plan activities
that will engage your students in learning and save you valuable time.

Heidi McDonald

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Roald Dahl Lesson Plans and Fun Group Projects

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Fun Projects and Lesson Plans For Childrens Books

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