Recently our 2nd and 3rd grade class presented their last book reports of the year. The students read a fiction book of their choice. Then on one side of a paper bag they drew a picture to illustrate a scene from their story along with the title and author. On the backside of the paper bag, they wrote out the main characters, supporting characters, setting, conflict, and resolution. Inside the bag, the students placed 3-6 items that represented parts of their story or the characters in their story. They then brought the paper bags to class and took turns presenting their book, their paper bag, and the items in the bag.
As usual, it was fun to hear all the stories our students have been reading–and obviously enjoying. I heard about Pippi Longstocking with her one tall sock and one short sock and her unusual strength to pick up her horse, whom she kept on her front porch. I heard tales of camping and hiking Everest in an exciting Choose Your Own Adventure book. There were stories of Omri and Jessica Charlotte from The Indian in the Cupboard series, with the magic cupboard and key that turns miniature toys into living little people. I listened to tales from The Boxcar Children, adventures in Hank the Cowdog, a girl who was cleverly tricky in A Series of Unfortunate Events, stories of bravery in The Last Olympian, and mythical fantasy in The Hunt of the Unicorn.
There are two things I always enjoy about attending these book reports. One is the pride the students show in their work and the improvement they make each time. The second thing I always enjoy is listening to the class respond to each presentation. They giggle when the story is funny, they “Oooh” and “Aaah” when something is suspenseful, and they come up with good questions that challenge the presenter, giving them a chance to show how well they know their book.
Great job, 2nd and 3rd grade class! Only a couple more weeks before your well-deserved summer break!