Book Reports


Students will be assigned a monthly book report.  These reports are to encourage students to read books, finish books, try different genres, present orally to a group, and celebrate completing a book with a creative project.  The project will be assigned 2-3 weeks prior to the due date.  Details and examples of the assigned projects can be found here on this web page after the assignment is given. (Last to first order)

Be sure you finish reading your book several days before your report is due. See samples of projects below.

Mrs. Bird will go over project assignments in rotations 2 – 3 weeks before they are due, so students have time to do a quality job on their projects.

September 18th – Fiction (your choice)

October 16th  – Historical Fiction

November 13th – Newberry Award Winner/Honor

December 11th  – Fiction (your choice)

January 22nd – Biography/Autobiography

February 26th  – Fiction (your choice)

March 19th – Sports/Adventure

April 23rd – Mystery

May 14th – Fiction (your choice)

Fiction Book of Choice – Due September 

This Book Report is to be presented as a picture glyph. A picture glyph is a picture in which the picture has meaning by the elements in it. The students will create a picture according to their book and their opinion of the book. The picture should be colored in completely and NICELY (no white on the page even background). Accompanying the picture should be a TYPEDSHORT summary of the book with a rating and don’t forget to include your favorite part. Below is Glyph Key that was given to the students and photos of some past student work to give you an idea of how it should look.


  • Present is represented by open eyes.
  • Past is represented by closed eyes
  • Future is represented by glasses
  • City is represented by background buildings
  • Country is represented by background sunset
  • Space is represented by background stars
  • Inside is represented by socks
  • Outside is represented by shoes


  • Animals are represented by a tail
  • People are represented by ears
  • Magical are represented by wings


  • Person to person is represented by thin eyebrows
  • Person to Nature is represented by raised eyebrows
  • Internal struggles (self) is represented by bushy eyebrows
  • Supernatural (Like Percy Jackson) is represented by angled eyebrows


  • Mystery/Detective:  represented by spyglass in the right hand
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy: represented by a wand in the right hand
  • Biography, Autobiography, Diaries, Journals: represented by a pencil in the right hand
  • Fables, Myths, Legends: represented by a scroll in the right hand
  • History, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction: represented by a feather in the right hand
  • Sports, Hobbies: represented by a medal in the right hand
  • Adventure: represented by a compass in the right hand


  • Excellent is represented by left hand thumb up
  • Average is represented by left hand thumb to the side
  • Poor is represented by left hand thumb down

Historical Fiction   Book Report   –  Due October

It is that time again! This book report is on a historical fiction book. The reason behind the different genre’s is to expand student reading. Sometimes students get stuck reading one type of book or author. This exposes them to other types of books and they get to learn history! This report will be presented in a brochure format and should be typed! All book reports should be typed. as to give students additional typing practice for their DWA writing assessment.  Students are only given 30 minutes a week in the computer lab and this is not enough time to get them proficient on the computer so any typing at home is appreciated. There are three ways you can accomplish this brochure format.

This report will be presented in a brochure format and should be typed. There are three ways you can accomplish this brochure format.

  • First: many publishing programs offer a brochure template.
  • Second: you can create text boxes.
  • Third: go to page set up, choose orientation and landscape, then choose columns, three.

The brochure should have three sections on the front and three on the back, totaling six sections. There should be no blank sections.

  • Front: should have the title, author, and number of pages
  • Other sections: should include a summary, favorite part, rating, and anything else you may wish to share.
  • Three pictures: must be hand drawn by the student.(Additional clipart, stickers, and fru-fru may be added). As always any additional questions please contact me.

Newberry Book Reports  – Due November

This month students should have read a Newberry Award book. The Newberry Award is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The project for this book report is to create a map relating to the setting of the book and the events that take place. The map should be on an 11×18 piece of art paper that was given to each student. The students were given a criteria sheet as well. MAP REQUIREMENTS

  • 11×18 art paper
  • Map includes title and author of the book (written legibly)
  • A map key of story symbols
  • Must be colorful and printing in dark colors


  • Typed with correct punctuation
  • Favorite part
  • Rate book from 1-10


  • Eye contact
  • Voice projection
  • Organization

Grab Bag Book Report – Due December

BAG: For this book report you will need to find some type of bag or container to put items in that represent the story structure of your book. This bag/container should represent your book as well. Appropriate bags could be a duffle bag for an athlete, suitcase if the main character is on the move, lunchboxes and backpacks are great for characters who attend school. Baskets, pillowcases and gift bags may work as well. Have fun and be creative! Your bag should have the title on it, the author, and some type of illustration (draw, tape, pin, glue).CONTENTS: Inside your bags should be items to represent the story structure of your book.

  • SETTING: The setting of a book is when and where it takes place. Include one item to represent the setting.
  • MAIN CHARACTER: Who the book is about; the most important person in the story. Include two items representing the main character.
  • PLOT: The storyline or main events in the story. Include two items for the plot.
  • CONFLICT: The problem that the characters have to work through. Include one item for the conflict.

SUMMARY: While writing the summary of the book (or better yet, as the summary) include a paragraph for each of the items in your bag. Do not forget the rating and favorite part.

Autobiography/Biography Book Report – Due January

We would like to introduce students to this type of genre. Most books at a fifth grade level in this genre are less than 100 pages. That is OK. If your student needs to find more information about their person, encourage then to research information on the internet. Here is what is expected for the presentation:

Students will dress up like the person they have read about. This is to be real simple. We do not want you spending any money on this project. It can be as simple as wearing a baseball cap, glasses, a jersey, or holding a prop, like a bat.


This time the typed report will have 3 parts. First, students will list and tell 5 important facts about the person they read about. Second, students will write a “first person” paragraph telling an incident or event in the character’s life from the characters point of view (first person, ex:  When I was 10 years old…) Third, a general summary of the persons life.

Students must also DRAW and color a portrait of the person they read about.


  • Summary
  • Dress up like the Person
  • Tell one incident or event from your individual’s point of view. (First person)
  • Draw a portrait of your person. Make it colorful and large enough to be seen.

Become the Book  Book Report  – Due February 



  • After reading your book, make a poster that could be a cover for that book.
  • Imagine that you are the book and plan a way to introduce yourself.
  • Make the group feel they would like to know you better.
  • Are you funny? Do you contain a loveable animal? Are you mysterious? Who wrote you? Will they learn something interesting by knowing you better?
  • Organize your best points into a 5-paragraph essay to present to the class on “Why We Should Read You.”
  • Be sure to “wear” your cover!

Sports and Adventure Book Report –  DUE March


The students were given a pre-folded flip book  to complete their book report on.  It is kind of like a pamphlet with  hidden compartments.  They are to put the title on the front and color it  nicely- I am really looking for neat work this time.  I want to see  that they took time in their drawing and coloring.  I will dock  points dramatically this time for sloppy work.-  On the inside, they  are to attach their: summary, favorite part and rating.  In order to get  the typing in the right format you will need to choose landscape and four  columns.  This will allow it to fit in the space provided.  If it  takes more than two columns to type the information just layer the information  (see botton picture below).  The key to this project is there is a hidden side in  the middle of the front and back sides of the flip book.  Students will  need to draw a total of 5 pictures/sides of the pamphlet including the front to  get full credit.  These pictures can be anything that pertains to the  book.  The pictures and coloring should take up the whole page as well.  I am not looking for masterpieces, just time, effort, and neatness. Flip 3Flip 2Flip 1Flip 4Flip 5

  • Summary and 5 pictures.  The students will see many examples.  Don’t wait until the last minute on the pictures, they are time consuming.

Mystery Book Report – Due April 

Mystery Books are a fun genre. We hope you enjoy the suspense and thinking these types of books offer that keep you turning the pages. For this book report, we want you to make a newspaper article about the book. First, think of a catchy name for your newspaper. Then think of a good headline for your story. All newspaper articles should answer the who, what, when, where, why, and how about the article. Remember to write this in 3rd person as a reporter reporting what has happened. You may want to include some first hand accounts or quotes from the characters in your book as well. Be Creative! Have Fun!

  • Students will write a news article using the 5 w’s and how. (Who, What, where, when, why)
  • Name your newspaper and include the title at the top of your news article.
  • News article is written in 3rd person. (From the point of an outsider looking in).

Fiction Book of Choice – Due May

Students will complete 3 small projects from a possible 9 given on a tic – tack- toe handout that will come home with your child.

1. Make a new book jacket; write a summary of the story for inside of your book jacket.


2. Make a Venn Diagram showing the similarities and differences between the Protagonist and Antagonist. 3.   Write 2 cinquains about the book.

Line 1:  1 Word:   Noun

Line 2:  2 Words – Describe the Noun

Line 3:  3 Words – ending in -ing

Line 4:  4 words – thought or feeling about

Line 5:  1 word – synonym

4. Make a picture collage of main characters in the book. (Pictures must be drawn not taken from magazines or computer, minimum of 6 pictures).


5.  Make a time line to show important events. Were there any loose ends in this story that were not tied up to your satisfaction?


6. What do you think was the theme or moral of this book? Make a book mark to illustrate this theme/moral.


7.  Did your character have a conflict with…

1. Another character in the book – describe an example of the struggle.

2. Nature – describe an example of the struggle.

3. Rules, laws, or customs– describe an example of the struggle.

4. Himself/herself – describe an example of the struggle.

8. Write a story that is a sequel. (A sequel tells what happens next).  Be sure to include a title, setting, main character (protagonist)  and antagonist (person or thing causing the conflict). 9. Make a newscast (live, video, or recorded) in which the main characters are interviewed.
  •  Direction: Choose activities in a tic-tac-toe design. You must do three activities in a row. When you have completed the activities in a row – – horizontally, vertically, or diagonally—you may decide to be finished, or you may decide to keep going and complete more activities for extra credit.