[Grade 5 Projects]

As well as reading a class novel, students also read individually. Every quarter the students have the opportunity to share one of these books with the rest of the class. There are many book sharing options and here are just a few:

  - painting a mural
  - writing a book report
  - desiging a new book cover
  - performing a skit or play
  - doing a study of the author
  - writing a sequel or prequel
  - writing a letter to the author
  - creating a model based on the book
  - making a game board based on the book
  - writing a different ending to the book
  - writing a newspaper review about the book
  - making a diorama of a scene from the book
  - preparing a series of illustrations from the story
  - describing characters from the book, or dressing up as one
  - drawing a map to show where the events of the novel took place
  - transporting a character into a new situation
  - making puppets of the main characters and giving a short puppet show

Several students in the class have been involved in book sharing as you can see from the projects listed below:

Book Covers & Letters Hanae made a book cover for Justin Morgan Had A Horse by Marguerite Henry. Akie made a book cover for Stop that Eyeball by Gary Hogg. Niharica made a new book cover for the book The Witches by Roald Dahl. Becky designed a book cover for How I survived being a girl by Wendelin van Draanen and Erol designed another book cover for A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein. Abhishek made an illustration based on the book A Children's Homer by Padraic Colum. Both Morgan and Akie wrote letters to some of their favorite authors.

Books by Sheila McCullagh. Olga and Nora made murals based on the book Tim and Tobias by Sheila McCullagh, Masato made a mural of the book The Key and Korehito made a model based on the book The Blue Pirate Sails and by the same author. Masato made a mobile based on Sheila McCullagh's book The Stump People. Korehito designed a new book cover for Tim Meets Captain Jory and Masato built a diorama for On the Night of the Full Moon.

R.L. Stine's Books. Erol and Gregory made game boards based on the book Say Cheese and Die by R.L. Stine and Kristian made a game board for the book Ghost Camp by the same author. Kristian made a new cover for the R.L. Stine's book Ga Niet Naar de Kelder out of the Kippenvel series (The Dutch version of Goosebumps). Gregory also made a new book cover based on the book The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine.

The works of Enid Blyton. Niharica made a diorama for The Adventures of the Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton and Abhishek wrote a letter to Enid Blyton based on her reading of Five go to Smugllers Top. Nora made a board game based on the book Viisikko Joutuu Ansaan by Enid Blyton (the Finnish version of Five Fall Into Adventure.

Board Games & Puppet Shows.Morgan has made a game board based on the book Super Fudge by Judy Blume and Arnaud has made a game board for the book Soccer at Sandford by Rod Childs. Olga made a game board based on The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. (This author actually visited our school recently and she bought a signed book from the author.) Abhishek made a game board (out of an old ironing board) based on the book Winnie The Pooh by A. A. Milne. Niharica, Akie and Hanae wrote and performed a puppet show based on the book Esio Trot also by Roald Dahl.

Murals, Models and Dioramas.Hanae made a mural based on The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz. Akie made a diorama of the book The Valentine that ate my Teacher by Dean Marney. Becky made a mural based on the book Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Hanae constructed a diorama< of the novel The River by Gary Paulsen. Olga made a model for her book called You have to understand Cats by Helga Gorman.

We hope you enjoy our bookshare projects :-)))

Grade 5 students enjoy playing Erol's game
which he created for his book share activity.

Niharica's diorama for The Adventures of
the Wishing Chair
by Enid Blyton.

Nora's mural based on the book
Tim and Tobias by Sheila McCullagh .

Niharica's book cover based on the book
book The Witches by Roald Dahl.

Other Internet Resources:

Children's Literature. To learn more about children's literature on the web visit Children's Literature Web Guide , an extensive resource site maintained by David K. Brown, a librarian from Canada.

Other Book Report Project Ideas Terrie Lynn Bittner has written an article on Book Reports for the Bored suggesting several ideas for project-based book reports.

Book Report Websites A website from the ThinkQuest Junior '98 contest Middle School Book Review Website offers more traditional book reviews written by middle school students (ages 10 - 14), about books they have read plus links to other book review sites for all ages and interests. Grade 5 Teacher Views was set up by teachers to review books which have an approximate Grade 5 reading level. Here visitors can find online reviews and suggested class activities for each title.