Do you want a fun and colorful book report idea for your students that will make them want to hop on board the reading bus?
These bus shaped book report projects, along with the free reading road signs that are included in this set, will help you to create a dynamic reading bulletin board display in your classroom.
This book report project will provide you with all of the teaching resources that you need for your students to write about the sequence of the main events that occur in their books.
Traditionally, requiring students to write about the sequence of events of a book is a task that most students find quite boring. By using these uniquely shaped school bus graphic organizers, you will be paving the way for your students to complete these writing tasks with enthusiasm.
This uniquely shaped book report project contains five worksheet templates that assemble into a school bus. The finished school bus project measures 28 inches in width and 8.5 inches in height.
These finished book report projects will make a brilliant bulletin board display of your students' work. Everything that you need to complete these School Bus Book Report Projects is included in this set. All that you will need is scissors, glue, tape, and coloring pencils.
There are 16 worksheet and template pages in this set, as well as a 5 page color bulletin board display banner. There are 12 reading road signs to use as accent pieces for your bulletin board display, as well as a background of a road template for you to use.
This set includes assembly directions on how to prepare and assemble this project. Below is a sample of this directions page.
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 School Bus 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 set contains two 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 school bus templates.
This School Bus Book Report Set requires students to write about the sequence of events in their book:
Due to spelling differences in English (words like color/colour and favorite/favourite), there are two sets of downloads for these worksheets, as well as the final draft templates. You can select the spelling that is used in the country that you are from.
This set includes 5 templates that assemble into the shape of a school bus. Inside the bus windows, students draw and color a picture of the beginning, middle, and end of the book.
Below are examples of these five templates:
There is an optional step in this project for the students to cut the doors of the school bus so that they open up to reveal a drawing of a character. Below is the optional worksheet that contains these directions.
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 school bus 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 color school bus templates of this project for you to use.
Finally, I know that it takes teachers a lot of valuable 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 bulletin board displays of these School Bus 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 School Bus Book Report Project includes 12 Reading Road Signs that you can use as additional accent pieces to help save you time in decorating your school bus book report bulletin board.
These two road signs say: STOP and read a book today! and Reading Leads to the Road of SUCCESS!
These two road signs say: Drivers get lost if they can't read the signs! and Get on board the READING BUS!
These two road signs say: Reading Books Will Drive You Forward! and QUIET! You have entered a READING ZONE!
These two road signs say: YIELD to reading every day! and Reading paves the way to building a large vocabulary!
These two road signs say: Keep on track by READING! and The sign of a LEADER is to be a great READER!
These two road signs say: Without Reading You Will Go Nowhere! and READING will lead you on the right path!
EXTRA GOODIES #2: If you want to create a bulletin board display that contains a road for your students' school bus book reports to drive on, I have included a 5 page banner of a road template for you to use to achieve this effect.
You will be able to design a colorful and dynamic bulletin board display using your students' finished school bus book report projects.
These school bus 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 sequence of the main events in their books in an engaging way. In addition, this book report set includes school bus themed accent pieces to help you in decorating your bulletin board display.
This is the first book report that I designed for my students. This School Bus Book Report has been one of my students' favorite book report projects and one of the bulletin board displays that I have received the most positive comments about. I hope that your students enjoy this book report project too!