Book Reports that Look Good Enough to Eat
Years ago I came across this idea for book reports that kids can really sink their teeth into. It’s a fantastic way to teach students about the many ingredients that must come together to create a compelling story.
- They not use real food or just paper. Instead, I encourage them to think about other materials they can make to look like food: styrofoam, felt, tissue paper, etc.
- The top slice of bread must have the student’s name along with the book title, author and illustrator.
- The bottom slice of bread should have a description of the setting.
- Each of the ingredients must relate to a character or key aspect of the story. For example, if the protagonist gets in fights often, he or she may best be represented by pepper. If a particular character gives good advice that’s hard to swallow, they may be the onions: nutritious, but not universally loved.
Once all the projects are done the students take turns giving oral reports using their sandwiches. To celebrate their great work, I have a variety of edible sandwiches on hand for us to enjoy together. We then put all of their masterpieces on display.