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BOOK EXTENSION PROJECTS

  1. Select a "reading buddy" and set aside a certain time during the day when the two of you can read to each other. (How do we know when or how well they have done this?)
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# Practice reading an easier-level book and then read it to a child. (How do we know when or how well they have done this?)
  1. Make a poster that advertises a specific reading topic of the month such as "Sports Stories" or "Myseteries."
  2. Tape record a portion of the book so other students can enjoy it.
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# Invite your mother, father, or grandparents to read a book so you can discuss it together.
  1. Illustrate the most exciting, scariest, saddest, or happiest part of the book.
  2. Draw an imaginary setting for the book. What types of illustrations would you include in the book that are not there now?
  3. Make a crossword puzzle using the names, places, and events from the book.
  4. Write a series of questions that can be attached to the book for others to answer.
  5. Make a collage of important events in the book. Cut out pitcures from old magazines and paste them on a sheet of construction paper.
  6. Work with some friends in writing a song for the book. Or take the tune from one of your favorite songs and rewrite the words from the book. Perform it!
  7. With all your classmates, vote for the favorite book of the month. (This one seems more like a teacher suggestion.)
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# Invent a comic strip using the characters and events from the book.
  1. Write a letter of appreciation to the author telling him or her why you enjoyed it.
  2. Evaluate several books in the class library. Work with you classmates in setting up some sort of rating system (1 to 5; high to low) to gauge each book.
  3. Read a new book (or part of a book) each day. (Does this promote the right things?)
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# Read several different books on the same topic. (How is this different than what they do normally?)
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  1. Read several different books by the same author. (How is this different than what they do normally?)
  2. Keep a journal or diary on your impressions of the book as you read it.
  3. Make up a newspaper about the book or the events in it.
  4. Create a fictional journal about a figure in the book.
  5. Write an original adaptation of an event from a book.
  6. Set up a "Reading Corner" filled with periodicals, books, and other printed materials concerning the subject of the book. (This one seems more like a teacher suggestion.)
  7. Collect or create recipes the book characters might enjoy and write a cookbook.
  8. Design a wordless picture book edition of the story.
  9. Create an original adaptation or retelling of the book's story.
  10. Share the book with a classmate or partner. (How do we know when or how well they have done this?)
  11. Locate and read a relevant magazine article about something that happens in the book.
  12. With some friends, write an original play. (How does this connect to their book?)
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# Write a poem about something in the book.
  1. Write a movie script based on a favorite book.
  2. Write a letter to a character or historical figure.
  3. Write a sequel or prequel to an incident or event in the book.
  4. Adapt an event from the book into a news report or television program.
  5. Create multiple endings for the book.
  6. Write a description of the book in 25 words or less; in 50 words or less; in 75 words or less.
  7. Create interview questions for a "guest speaker." (How does this connect to their book?)
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# Rewrite a portion of the book with students as major figures.
  1. Create a glossary or dictionary of important words in the book.
  2. Create a rebus story for younger students. (How does this connect to their book?)
  3. Write riddles about events or circumstances in the book.
  4. Design a "Question Box" containing questions and answers about specific books.
  5. Keep a card file of all the books read. (This one seems more like a teacher suggestion.)
  6. Print important phrases or quotations from the book on construction paper and post throughout the room. (This one seems more like a teacher suggestion.)
  7. Set up a message center to send messages to classmates and the teacher about books read. (This one seems more like a teacher suggestion.)
  8. Create a calendar of important events that took place in the story.
  9. Pretend you are a character in the book and write a letter to someone in your class.
  10. Create a fictional autobiography of a book character.
  11. Write a travel guide for someone who wishes to journey to the setting of the book.
  12. Write a travel itinerary for visiting selected places in the book.
  13. Create a want ad for something in the book.
  14. Write a horoscope for a book character.
  15. Create a scrapbook about important places, people, and events in the story.
  16. Write a ten-question quiz on the book. (This one is a lot like #9)
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# Create a word bank of words from different parts of the book.
  1. Write a picture book (or wordless picture book) about a significant event in the story. (This one is a lot like #25)
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# Play a game of "20 Questions" based on the book characters or events.
  1. Conduct a debate or panel discussion on an issue in the book. (Is this something that students could do on their own?)
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# Interview outside experts in the local community about some information mentioned in the book.
  1. Create a new title for the book. (And then what?)
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# Make up a list of information you would still like to learn. (About what?)
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  1. Make a story map of the book.
  2. Design a trivia game using book facts.
  3. Create a scale model of a location in the book.
  4. Create a time line of book events. (This one is a lot like #46)