I like the style of this first project. It's a "brown bag" book report. Students had to read a biography and then create a report based on that, using a brown paper grocery bag.
The front of the bag had to say the title, author, and illustrator, and could use drawings and printouts.
The back of the bag had to relate the most important part of the book through an illustration (no printouts).
One side panel had to say what you liked about the book, and the other something you disliked about the book.
Inside, there had to be five "props" related to the book, which will help for an oral presentation the kids have to do when they return to school.
CAM picked "Who Was Anne Frank," which has led to countless conversations about concentration camps, Nazis, our ancestry, and so many things. It has been awesome.
We were gently admonished to let this be our kids' work. My only worry is that someone will think it isn't! CAM's illustration of the hideout in Amsterdam is pretty fantastic.
|Hard at work drawing the three-building scene with the Amsterdam hideout in the middle. If you look carefully, you can see she's basing her drawing on a similar sketch in the book she read.|
Thursday after school, we went to the grocery store specifically to get brown paper bags. We spent a moderate amount on groceries, got all the way home, and realized we'd forgotten to ask for paper bags.
I texted Mick at work and he brought home two bags.
It didn't much matter, though: CAM had left her book at school again!
She read the rest of the book yesterday (Friday), after I told her that we could not write a report without her finishing her reading, and that I would not bail her out in tears Sunday night. After hockey today we found ourselves unexpectedly without plans. It is snowing here in New England, and our plans for the afternoon and evening changed with the weather's unanticipated severity. So we were home, WHM was entertaining himself with Legos, and CAM and I sat down at the kitchen table to attack this report. To her credit, she wanted to finish it all today so there would be nothing to worry about tomorrow. She did a great job!
|The front. Title, Author, Illustrator, and then some "creative" elements, including a printout of the image of the book.|
We chose (and yes, we chose these together):
- A photo of Anne Frank
- A felt Star of David
- A leather journal to represent Anne's diary
- A "map" of the hideout
- A photo of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp
The kids are not allowed to use notecards. So here is where my
The hardest part of the project -- other than getting CAM to bring home her book -- was trying to differentiate between something CAM liked/disliked about the book versus something about the story the book told. In the end, I thought that if I gave too many examples ("I wish the pictures were in color," "I wish there were more examples of Anne's actual diary entries," "I liked the photos," etc.) that it would not be CAM's original thoughts anymore. So, I let her interpret it as things she liked about the story, not about the book, and didn't fret too much.
I think that's quite alright for second grade. And if not, well, we'll keep working on it. In the meantime, what a great job she did, working almost 100% on her own!