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Creepy Crawly Book Reports

Who’s reading what? Be a book worm and find out. Creep your way into fascinating fiction (or nonfiction) with this giant caterpillar.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Ask students what was the most fascinating character, place, or event in the book?
    2. Sculpt a scene. Around a clean plastic cup, students shape the scene with Crayola Model Magic®. For unique colors, knead color from a Crayola Washable Gel Marker into white Model Magic or mix modeling compound colors with white. Use Crayola School Glue to hold it on the cup. Air-dry the sculpture.
    3. Label the sculpture. Draw a small flag on construction paper with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Write the title and author of the book and the student's name on the flag. Cut out the flag with Crayola Scissors. Glue it to the sculpture.
    4. Students write a wiggly worm report. On construction paper, draw a large wiggly worm and cut it out. Write a book report on the worm. Include the student's name, title, author, and comments to entice classmates to read the book.
    5. Build a creepy caterpillar. As a class, create a caterpillar with the decorated plastic cups. Attach Velcro® dots about 4 inches (5 cm) apart in a meandering line on a hard, flat surface. Stick a Velcro dot on the lip of each plastic container. Attach the sculpture to the caterpillar. Place the wiggly worm book report nearby.
    6. Pick a book to read. Which books look interesting? As students read new books, decorate more cups and add them to the growing, creepy, crawly caterpillar.
  • Standards

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

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

    LA: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

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

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Organize a Creepy Crawly family evening. Students present their books to visitors and explain their choice of scene, as well as its connection to the story.

    Students select a living creature other than a caterpillar to create a book report. An example of an insect that could work with this format is a lady bug.

    Students audio-tape their book summaries and use a class laptop or net book to play their tape when someone is visiting the book report. Book report visitors can be provided a comment card, developed by the class, on which they may leave their comments about the recording and/or the artwork.


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