Photo of 6th Grade Class holding their t-shirtsA project taking place at Pine Elementary School in Michigan City Area Schools is giving older students a chance to share their reading and artistic talents. Mrs. Samantha Kubik had her sixth graders create “T-Shirt Book Reports” about their favorite children’s books. Over the next two weeks, the children wear the shirts they designed while visiting classrooms throughout the building,  give “book talks,” and read the works they selected for the project to younger students.

The instructions for the T-Shirt Book Report project challenged students to use the front of the shirt to replicate or design the book cover, including title and author. On the right sleeve the main and supporting characters are identified, including a graphic of the main character. The left sleeve is to describe the setting, with a graphic of that main setting. On the back, students wrote a summary of their favorite scene in the book along with their favorite quote.  During their scheduled Book Talk, students will have up to three minutes to present to a class of younger students, all while wearing the t-shirt and reading from the book itself.

This post and accompanying photos are thanks to a collaboration with Betsy Kohn, Director of Communications, Michigan City Area Schools.

Follow the link to enjoy a collage of photos of the children preparing for this project on the Pine Elementary Facebook page.

Tessa Monger (Oh the Thinks You Can Think by Dr. Seuss)

Dion Smith (The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle)


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