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Bedtime Book Report

Snuggle up to read a good book about sleep, then write a book report about it on a quilt. Craft a bed with a recycled box. Sweet dreams!

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Have students choose and read a book about bedtime or sleeping. As they read the book, they should think about the characters and what they look like in their imagination.
    2. Create a bed for the book's characters with a recycled box. Some possibilities are poster beds, beds with headboards, canopy beds, bunk beds, or trundle beds. Use colored Crayola® Model Magic to sculpt bed posts and other furniture details. Cut construction paper parts with Crayola Scissors. Decorate the bed with Crayola Washable Markers. Attach the furniture parts to the box with Crayola School Glue.
    3. Use Model Magic to sculpt the main characters from the story. Fill the bed with as many characters as possible.
    4. Cut construction paper into a quilt to fit over the characters on your bed. With Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils, write and illustrate a book report on the quilt. Cover the characters with the quilt book report.
  • Standards

    LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comphehension.

    LA: Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

    LA: Read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grade level text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed.

    LA: With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Possible resources for this lesson include Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss,The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton, or Time for Bed by Mem Fox.

    In preparation for this lesson, ask students to bring to class a favorite stuffed animal that provides them comfort or they may sleep with at night.

    This lesson can be used as an introduction or review of similies. Once a sleep book has been read to students, ask them to talk in small groups about how they feel or act as they are trying to go so sleep. The teacher can offer an example such as, "When I get into bed at night, I am as quiet as a mouse." Talk about the comparison of the human to a mouse and introduce similies. Have students compose personal similies about themselves or siblings when preparing for bed. Have the hand-written by students and post them along with their bedtime book reports.

    In small groups, have students review well-known similies. A discussion should follow in the group about the meaning of each simile reviewed. Students each choose a favorite simile and illustrate it using Crayola Colored Pencils or Crayola Crayons.


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