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Shelfari is not only a great alternative to book reports, it is also a nice alternative to reading logs. Shelfari allows students to display books that they have read on a virtual bookshelf. This site enables students to connect with other students and teachers, sharing book recommendations and reading reviews. Shelfari provides the ability to create online book clubs and discussions. Inspire students with similar interests to start a book club where they read and discuss together. When students finish reading a book they can add it to their bookshelf, rate the book, and write a short review of the book for others to read. The collaborative component makes it easy to keep up with what students are reading and to measure understanding. It also allows teachers to recommend books to students based on what they are currently reading. This is a great way to keep your students engaged in their reading and ensures they will always have great suggestions for new books to keep them reading.
A different approach to book reports! Students will get excited when they have to read a biography or autobiography and create a cereal named after the subject in their book! This is a great alternative to book reports and a fun way to get kids to read non-fiction books.
Flip Book Projects. WONDERFUL alternative to book reports for students w special needs!!! This would provide them w an opportunity to show what they know Ab the book they read in a hands-on way in lieu of your typical " stuffy" book reports, with which my students STRUGGLE.Chapter Book Challenge is one of the enrichment ideas for reading, similar to writing traditional book reports, but used for more challenging books. Students are reading chapter books throughout the week, and they may not always finish them in time to turn in a Friday. With Chapter Book Challenge, students receive an activity sheet for alternative book reports that looks like a tic-tac-toe board. In each tic-tac-toe square, there's an activity to do with a chapter book such as, "Write a paragraph and predict what will happen in the next chapter. Support your answer with events in the story." The board could also contain such as "Write a letter to your favorite character." or "Draw a picture of the setting, and ."In this alternative book report, students identify the elements of fiction in books they have read by creating glogs, interactive multimedia posters, and then share their glogs. Teachers often ask if students receive a new tic-tac-toe sheet each time they start a new book. The answer is no. Students can use the same sheet for many different chapter books until they have completed each activity. When the tic-tac-toe board is full of Xs, then they can have a new sheet for alternative book reports.On Thursday evening at home or on Friday during school, your students in the Chapter Book Challenge program would complete one of the tic-tac-toe square activities and turn it in INSTEAD of doing a traditional book report. When they finish the activity, they put an X through the square. This helps them pick different alternative book reports each week instead of always doing the same one. Your student does the activity even if he or she is not finished with the book.Technology brings interest back into reading and helps students continue to find reading that they enjoy while providing the teacher with feedback about student reading comprehension. These are great alternatives to book reports that will keep your students from ‘readicide’. Most of the above tools have the added benefit of being able to be embedded into a classroom blog, website, or wiki. All student projects can be collected, organized, and viewed in one place. It doesn’t get better than this!