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Cereal Box Book Report

Dear Parents, To further promote independent reading and response, the third grade language arts classes will be completing a Cereal Box Book Report. For this homework project, your child needs to select a fiction story that he/she has never read before (Try to find one that will challenge your child as a reader.). Your child needs to read the book and decorate a real cereal box with illustrations and information related to the book using the directions below. Front of the Box: Use a piece of white or light colored paper to cover the front of your cereal box. You will probably want to create and decorate the cover before gluing it on the box. Invent a name for the cereal that is related to the book and sounds like a cereal. Put the name of your cereal and a picture of it on the cover. Do not use the exact title of the book. You may want to look at the attached page of samples to get some ideas. Choose a shape for the cereal that relates to the book. For example, for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, you might invent a cereal called "Wizard Wands," a cereal in the shape of miniature lightning bolts. Right Side: Use the attached template to make a list of ingredients that includes the characters and setting. For "Characters," only list the main characters, and include a sentence about each one. For "Setting," describe where the story takes place. Left Side: Use the attached template to write a summary that describes the main problem and solution of the book. Back of the Box: Design a game that is based on the story. It can be a puzzle, word search, mini-board game, maze, crossword puzzle, hidden picture illustration, or any other fun activity that might be found on the back of a cereal box. Make sure it includes information from the book! Top of the Box: Use the attached template to give the title, author, number of pages, and number of stars you would give this book if you were a book critic. The maximum number of stars is 5. Prize: Cereal boxes often include a prize, so create a prize for your cereal and put it in your box (Be careful not to seal the top of your box.) Your prize must relate to the story or the main character. For example, it may be something the main character could have used in the book. You can even include a picture of the prize on the front of your box to let everyone know what is inside the box! Your child also needs to create a 1-2 minute commercial (See attached sheet.). The Cereal

Box Book Report and the commercial are both due on Thursday, February 4th.

Thanks, Mrs. McPeek & Mrs. Biggs If students need any glue, scissors, or construction paper from school, they are more than welcome to take some from our classrooms! We also have some cereal boxes, if needed.

Cereal Box Commercial

Instead of a traditional oral report, your child needs to prepare a 1-2 minute commercial for his/her cereal. These presentations will be made starting on Thursday, February 4th. Students should practice their commercials at home. The goal is to make other students really want to buy the cereal (and, therefore, read the book). Use the following guidelines for writ5ing the commercial: · · · Be energetic! Try to convince the audience to buy the cereal. Cereal has nutritional value and so is "good for your body." Tell your classmates why the book would be good for them! Share exciting elements from the book (the problem, important scenes, interesting characters, etc.)

This sheet is for planning purposes. If you prefer to type your commercial or write it on index cards, that is fine. Students will not need to turn in the words of the commercial. They will only turn in the cereal box itself. The grade for the commercial part of the project will be based on the presentation of the commercial to the class. If you have the capability to create a DVD at home, your child may choose to record the commercial at home and play it at school (It must be able to play on a standard DVD player.). Otherwise, a live performance is fantastic!

Grading Checklist for Cereal Box Book Report

Front of the Box · Cereal name relates to the book. · Picture relates to the book. · Completed neatly/shows effort Right Side · · · Left Side · · · Describes the Main Characters Describes the setting Completed neatly/shows effort Clear summary given Gives main problem and solution Completed neatly/shows effort __________/ 10 __________ / 10

__________ / 10

Back of the Box · Game relates to the book. · Completed neatly/shows effort

__________/ 10

Top of the Box __________/ 10 · Gives title, author, number of pages, and rating · Completed neatly/shows effort Prize · · Prize relates to the book. Completed neatly/shows effort __________/ 10

Commercial __________/ 10 · Commercial clearly shows why students should "buy the cereal" (read the book). · Student speaks clearly and is loud enough for everyone to hear. · The commercial is interesting and catches everyone's attention.

TOTAL POINTS:

________/ 70

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