Spring into Literacy with a Blooming Book Report

11 April 2015 / 1 comment
Hello Everyone, HAPPY Saturday!
My name is Kathleen Wainwright from Not So Wimpy Resources, LLC. I am very excited to be a part of this collaborative blog!

Today I want to share with you a quick activity that you can use immediately in your classroom! 

Let me first say that this week was loo....ong! I had a horrible, horrible, horrible stomach bug that sent me home early on Wednesday and kept me in bed all day Thursday. Having this activity prepared in advance for my Student Teacher was a LIFESAVER! It was the perfect filler activity and kept the students engaged during our literacy block for the remainder of the week. And, when I returned today, it made for an easy Friday. 

A Blooming Book Report is basically an alternative to your traditional book report. It is a way to get students to think about a selected text while also producing a fun published piece of work. Currently, my students and I are reading Pippi Longstocking. This is NOT the kind of book you can read without having students complete follow-up activities. Pippi is a spit-fire character full of excitement, wit, and entertainment. My students adore her!  This was a great activity to get them to start thinking about her character (and her traits) and  how her actions contribute to the sequence of events in the story(CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3).  

Here is how it works...

1. First my students read the designated chapter. 

2. Then they complete the following outline: 

3. Once their outlines are complete, they use their outline to complete the flower template below: 
(the parts of the flower are provided on separate pieces of paper in the resource)

When students are finished writing, coloring, cutting, and pasting, here is what the final product looks like: 

This is an easy "no-prep" activity that you can use in your classroom as soon as Monday! Feel free to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store to pick up the free download. 

Thanks for stopping by, 

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