Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cereal Box Report

Cereal boxes and books images

The purpose of this assignment is to expose the first grade students to book report content. In second grade, the students will be asked to write several book reports throughout the school year. This is a great activity to introduce and familiarize them with the meaning of a book report.

Material Needed:
  • cereal box
  • crayons or markers
  • glue stick or bottle
  • scissors
  • construction paper
  • pencil
  • cereal box book report printable
  1. Select a book that your child has recently read.

    Explain: He/she will be writing a book report to share highlights of that book with other readers.
  2. Cover the front and back of the box with construction paper (I will provide construction paper upon request).

    On the Front: Design a book cover using markers or crayons. Include the title of the book and a picture that will encourage another reader to want to read the book.

    On the Back: Draw a picture of his/her favorite part or event from the book.
  3. Cereal Box Book Report Printable:

    Left Side of the Cereal Box: Summary: Write a summary describing the main problem and how it was solved.

    Right Side of the Cereal Box: Characters: List the main characters and write a sentence about each one.

    Setting: Describe where the story takes place. If the story takes place in more than one setting, choose one to describe.
Click the Pinkalicious book below
to obtain the printable.

Cupcake  Pinkalicious Book - Click to obtain the printable  Cupcake
Miss Sterczek

Monday, June 6, 2011

Mystery Readers

Detective kids
Mystery Readers
Every month, I invite a Morton faculty or staff member to visit our classroom and read a story to the students. He/she is called the "Mystery Reader". Before the "Mystery Reader" arrives, I share three clues about him/her. The students make a prediction based on these clues.

The purpose of this activity is to allow students to become acquainted with various members of the faculty and staff. Most important, it shows students the "Mystery Reader" values reading. Students begin to realize that in addition to their family, friends, and teacher, others also want them to be motivated and successful readers. The importance of reading is emphasized.

Once the "Mystery Reader" has completed the story, he/she chooses several students to choose a "story wand" (Lakeshore Learning product). The student reads the question and answers it.

I take a picture of each "Mystery Reader" and create a wall outside my classroom to honor them. See for yourself!

Notepads with questionmarksMystery Readers WallNotepads with questionmarks

Will you start your school year with a
"Mystery Reader"?

Miss Sterczek

Lakeshore Learning Materials  Story Wand picture