Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Oooo...Paper Bag Book Report

I'm playing a little catch up on some activities we did last week in the classroom. If you read all the way until the end, you might have a chance to win something!

Our phonics concept had us studying the different sounds of /oo/.

First I gave everyone a foot and they had to tell me if the word should go under "foot" or "noon." We made this beautiful anchor chart. ;)

You can download the feet from First Grade Parade.

Yesterday we wrote our spelling words that had an /oo/ sound like loop with Froot Loops.

I only got a picture of the messy one.  :) We laid the papers out in the hall to dry.  When we walked by later, that student said "Oh, you can totally tell which one is mine."

This idea came from First Grade Wow.  I had found it last year RIGHT after I taught this skill.  Does that ever happen to you?

The other first grade teacher approached me last week about having the students complete a book report at home. She thought a paper bag book report would be perfect for the firsties to get their feet wet in the world of book reports.

I spent my Sunday morning putting together this packet (well, at least a couple of hours).

Students have to write the title, author, and illustrator on the front of the bag.  They have the option to draw and color the same cover of the book or think of their own.

On one side of the bag, students list the characters of the book. And on the other side, students should list the setting of the story. The summary of the book goes on the back.

Students should pick 3 items that represent the characters, setting or events of the book and place them inside the bag.

I uploaded the packet to TPT this morning, so be sure to check it out!  I also included an option if you wanted your students to put 5 items in the bag. There's a rubric for easy grading too!

Click the picture to go to my TPT store.

Do you have your students complete book reports?  What do you usually have the students do?

The first THREE people to comment will receive a copy of Paper Bag Book Report: K-2 for free!


  1. Hi Liz!
    I love the idea of a paper bag report! I have never tried that and I have a ton of bags collecting dust! Fabulous idea! I do a quarterly homework project that is cross curricular. This quarter was our creat a robot out of recycled materials and write about it.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. We have started having our students complete a bubble map to describe a character for hw once a week to get them ready for our next periodic writing assessment. In class we practice writing summaries but no book report hw. I like the idea of putting the info on the outside and objects on the inside. My kiddos love to make presentations like this to the class! It will move us along! Thanks for the idea! ahenry4443ah@gmail.com

  3. This is great !!! I would love a copy. We are working on book reports right now, and this is such a perfect way to do it. Thanks so much for the idea :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  4. Hi Liz,

    You won my mini-giveaway on my blog for my Phonics "Ph"riends packs but I couldn't find your email. Will you email me at mmachan16@gmail.com so I can send them to you :-)

    First Grade Smiles

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