Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Brown Bag Book Report


One of the first activities I like to do at the beginning of the year, is the "Brown Bag Book Report".

During the first week of school, I will read several books during Read Aloud. I will place these books on the board. At the end of the week I will review the books and tell students that they are to gather items from their home that will help them retell one of the stories that they have heard this week. I will show them an example I have created from the book, "Where the Wild Things Are". I have several items in my brown bag that I will place on my lap and then use them to retell the story.

Students are all given a Brown Bag to take home on Friday. On Monday, students will give their "book reports". I love this activity and students I have had in the past do also.


  1. Great idea to get parents involved too!

  2. Nice! I bet the students loved that assignment. I know I would have.

  3. The parents do like to be able to access the internet and check on what is happening in their child's class. I am going to steal your idea...

  4. Teaching a child how to read is such a huge responsibility. I compliment you on finding a creative way to go about it. I admire you for having the courage to take on first graders. I don't think I could do it. I taught seventh grade for two years and found them to be too needy.