Make reading a hands-on activity. This pass year I used crafts and projects to make reading hands-on to keep my students engaged in reading. I did the “Book in a Box” project with my students and they really enjoyed it. The parents got involved also. The students were asked to bring a shoebox (I brought a few from home too). Each student had 1 shoebox, 3 index cards to summarize the story on and a rubric. The student had to include 8 objects to represent the story. That made the students focus on the details of the story. I have found many rubrics for the “Book in the Box” project on the Internet.
The presentation of book in the box will be 1 activity the students can complete to work towards mastery of Common Core State Standard SL.2.4. Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences. Here are a few of the awesome projects my students turned in.