Just a note: This post was written when I still had a regular classroom!
Our Book in a Bag Projects were due today and, oh my, look at the table in our room!
The bags are all so different and so well done! Splendid work, great books, great time for sharing and recommending books!
This is a perfect alternative to normal book reports!
Here's the gist (our new favorite word) of the project. Read a book, write a summary, decorate a bag with a scene from the book, place five items in the bag that represent something from the book, bring it to school, and present it to the rest of us! Awesome!
Keep reading for samples and more directions for this project!
The front of the bag should show an original kid-made scene from the book. This can be hand drawn and colored with markers or crayons, or have cut outs or other embellishments to decorate the front. It cannot be images that are printed from a computer!
On the back of the bag is a one page summary of the book. We worked on how to write this in class and then kids wrote their own. The lessons I taught about this included samples from books I had read and mostly I just wanted the kids to know that a summary does NOT tell every little tiny event, but also covers the entire book! Hint, hint, you should not read a 400 page book. That's hard to summarize on one piece of paper!
The sides of the bag can also be decorated if the kids wanted to do that.
Don't you love that yarn ball the cat is playing with in the above photo!
Now, here's where it gets really fun. Inside the bag kids should have five items that show something from the book. Like in the book above the student could have included a plastic lizard. Or in the book called Socks the student could have brought in a stuffed toy cat.
The student that did the report on deer hunting brought in a deer antler!
Finally, each item should have an explanation card that tells why the item represents something from the book.
The presentations are so fun! Each student shares the bag and a little of the summary, but the most fun is sharing the five items in the bag.
Now, you cannot do all these presentations in one day! It just takes too long. We spread these out over a full week!
Easy idea, wonderful way to share books, and it beats a regular book report, hands down! Try it!
If you are looking for more great ideas from teachers that have tried things that actually worked, take a look at my Pinterest board about Classroom Organization!