There have been many projects going on in my classroom as we ended the First Trimester.
Above is one of my talented students with her Cereal Box Book Report. When I switched to 4th grade, I spent that summer going through a ton of websites looking for "fun" activities to do to enrich the curriculum. I ran across the idea for a Cereal Box Book Report at Mrs. Pearce's Class Website.
*Updated to add that the link that I had doesn't work for her website, so I found the templates free to download on the blog below.
Here are the templates that I found on Room 10's blog. It's a free download.
Basically here's the idea...
I send home a little explanation note to the parents and I give them a month to work on the project in case they need time to read a larger chapter book. I have them choose a fiction book (since our Spring Book Report is a non-fiction/Biographical).
*Front of the box: Include the name of the cereal and a picture. Invent a name for the cereal that is related to the title of the book and sounds like a cereal. Do not use the exact title of the book.
*Back of the box - Students need to design a game that is based on the story. It can be a puzzle, a word search, a word scramble, a maze, a crossword puzzle, a hidden pictures 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.
*Left side of the box: Students have to write a summary of their book.
*Top of the box: Students need to write the name of the book, the author, number of pages, and they must give the book a rating.
*Right side of the box: Students need to write the "ingredients" of their book - the characters and setting.
*Prize: Cereal boxes often include a prize. Your prize must be something the main character could have used in the book or something that reminds you of the main character. You can even include a picture of the prize on the front of your box to let the reader know what is inside the box.
Now, my students also had to give an oral presentation for when they came up front to share their cereal. Over the years I have seen a bunch of very creative "commercials".
I hope this helps someone!