Book Bag Report
March 15, 2010
My students do a Bag Report after they’ve read a book. They must read a book that is at fifth-grade level or higher and is at least 150 pages. They also keep a reading log while they read. They put the reading log, along with 8-10 items, in a brown grocery bag and pull out these items individually when giving their oral report to the class. They also draw a scene from the book on the outside of the bag and label the title and author. For example, in reporting on the book The Giver by Lois Lowry, a student might place in the bag an apple, a sled Christmas ornament, and a baby doll, and then explain the significance of each item to the story. Bag reports always reveal that the student actually read the book rather than just giving a summary of the book jacket. The kids really love to do these and they love to listen to their classmates' reports as well!