In some classrooms, the mere mention of the phrase “book report” brings groans of dread. Visions of endless writing and tedious presentations feel overwhelming to students. But reading an awesome book and telling others all about it can be one of the great pleasures in life!
Here are 12 inspiring projects that will be sure to get your students excited about their next book report.
This is great for biography research projects. Students cut out a photocopied image of their subject and glue it in the middle. Then, they draw lines from the image to the edges of the paper, like rays of sunshine, and fill in each section with information about the person. As a book report template, the center image would be a copy of the book cover, and each section would contain information such as character names, theme(s), conflict, resolution, etc.
SOURCE: Let’s Explore
2. Pizza Box
Another idea that works well for nonfiction and fiction book reports. Each wedge of the pizza pie tells part of the story.
SOURCE: Education World
This project really encourages creative thinking. Students read a book and write a summary. Then, they decorate a paper grocery bag with a scene from the book, place in the bag five items that represent something from the book, and present the bag to the class!
SOURCE: Sunday Dispatch
Also called a lap book, this easy-to-make book report hits on all the major elements of a book study and gives students a chance to show what they know in a colorful way.
SOURCE: Appletastic Learning
5. 4D Triorama
Who doesn’t love a multidimensional book report? This image shows a 3D model. Follow the link to the lesson to see how students can glue 4 triangles together to make a 4D model.
SOURCE: Swarthmore Education
This creative project doesn’t require a fancy or expensive supply list. Students just need an ordinary clothes hanger. The body of the hanger is used to identify the book and the cards on the strings dangling below are filled with information like characters, setting, and a summary.
SOURCE: Performing in Education
Students flip out for this cool ball-shaped book report. SO much information can be covered on the 12 panels. This one allows students to take a deep dive in a creative way.
SOURCE: Educator’s Life
This 3D project is a little more complicated than the ball described above, but just imagine the constellation of stars hanging from your classroom ceiling after the students present their report! Instead of simply decorating each panel as shown above, students can write important facts and information on each surface (when it is flat, of course) then construct their story star.
SOURCE: Teach Beside Me
This clever book report is made from ordinary paper bags. Stack the paper bags on top of each other, fold in half, and staple the closed off ends of the bags together. Students can write, draw, and decorate on the paper bag pages. They can also glue information on writing or drawing paper onto the pages. The open ends of the bags can be used as pockets to insert photos, cut-outs, postcards or other flat items that help them tell their story.
SOURCE: Relief Teaching Ideas
10. Charm Bracelet
From the author of this lesson by Crayola: “What a charming way to write a book report! Each illustrated bracelet charm captures a character, an event in the plot, setting, or other detail.”
11. Cereal Box TV
This book report project is a “low-tech” version of a television made from a cereal box and two paper towel rolls. Students create the viewing screen cut out at the top, then insert a scroll of paper with writing and illustrations inside the box. When the cardboard rolls are turned, the story is told.
SOURCE: The Cheese Thief
This website offers templates for 265 editable trifolds that students can use for creatively presenting their book report. You find the template with the right number of sections and make copies. Students cut out the design and cover each section with the required information.
SOURCE: Tangstar Science
How do your students present book reports? Add your creative ideas to the comments below.