Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Tasty Reading Project


Back in the fall I spotted a great product on Pinterest that I absolutely HAD to have! Created by The Peanut Gallery, the Book Buffet looked to be a super-fun way of presenting a book report.
I assigned the project after Christmas. We spent time as a class checking out the instruction package and looking at the sample ideas that were included. We planned our "feast" for just before the March Break, and let me tell you I was BLOWN-AWAY by what my students created! The project was an absolute HIT with my class!

We set up the projects at individual desks, I put on some restaurant music to set the mood, told my kiddos to grab a writing "utensil", and they spent nearly an hour and a half (I kid you not!) "tasting" each project. The best part - I was able to circulate at the same time and I got every project marked!!

Take a look at what they created:
There was pizza.
And MORE pizza!


And burgers...




 The breakfast foods HAD to include Timmies... we ARE Canadian, after all!


For the book Esio Trot, by Roald Dahl, the student created spaghetti and meatballs and served them in a tortoise shell! (Sorry about the upside-down image... I can't figure out why it is rotating.)
Tacos!
And finally, for dessert...


Boy... I am STUFFED! ;)

During the writing stage, the students used my "Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then, Finally" graphic organizer for summarizing.
You can get it with or without a SMART Board file at TpT or Teachers Notebook.

12 comments :

  1. Erin those projects look amazing! I am so impressed! Be sure to tell you students I said they look like works of art! What an awesome way to show what you know! I am glad you found my blog at Teachingisagift. I love to share all my zany ideas with anyone who is willing to read them! Make sure you come back and link up with the Blog by Province Linky Party at http://teachingisagift.blogspot.ca/p/blog-by-province.html. While you are there be sure to download your Ontario Blogger button (just right click on the image and save image as...) Then you can upload it to your sidebar and link back to the original page. If you need any help let me know. There are lots of great canadian bloggers out there just waiting to meet you!
    Sidney
    Teachingisagift

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and the warm welcome, Sidney! We had lots of fun with these!

      I think I have the Ontario Blogger button set up correctly now! :)

      Erin

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  2. Wow! These projects look amazing! They are really making me hungry just looking at them! I am so happy that your kiddos had fun with them and that you were pleased with the results.

    Thanks so much for the bloggy shout out! :)

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    1. Thank YOU for the great product! :)

      Erin

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  3. I found you from The Peanut Gallery blog today. What a wonderful project! I'm a new follower.
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

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  4. These book reports are awesome - I will have to go and check out that resource. I can't believe the amount of effort and creativity that went into those. What grade do you teach? It's great meeting other Ontario bloggers!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

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    1. I couldn't believe the final products either! I knew that a couple of them would go all-out, because that's what they always do, but this... I had no idea!! I teach grade five - my FAVOURITE grade ever!

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  5. The children's projects are fabulous. I have to check out the product on TpT. I have been wanting to spice up summer reading for this year. I wonder if this would do it. Thanks for Sharing, Stacy @ http://new-in-room-202.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Stacy! It was great fun! :)

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  6. Wow!! I teach math, but I have to say I enjoyed looking at these projects. My wheels are spinning right now trying to turn them into math projects.

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    1. Thank you, Brooke! It was fun to see what the kids came up with! Let me know if you come up with a way to use this for math... I'd be interested to hear how it goes!

      ~Erin

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