Friday, February 25, 2011


Today was round two of the Cereal Box Book Reports. Day two did not disappoint either!
These kids have done a wonderful job and I am hoping I can get the videos all uploaded to this blog so that you can enjoy them to. I am working on it!! Until I get the videos up here are some pictures from today's projects.


Please look in the Friday Folder for Midterms. This is our first time to get letter grades. Please take a look at them, sign them and send them back. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know!


Mrs. Snyder

Thursday, February 24, 2011


I cannot even begin to tell you how impressed I am with these cereal box book reports!!
EVERY STUDENT DID ONE!! The commercials have been WONDERFUL and I am so proud of all of the effort put into the project! We had our first round of commercials today and as soon as I get the sound fixed on my computer I hope to post some of those for you to see! The did a great job.
Here are a few pictures of the projects that were shared today.
Hopefully everyone else will get to share tomorrow.

I am so excited to see the rest tomorrow!!

Mrs. Snyder

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

100 Days Smarter!

After 13 snow days we finally made it to 100 days of school! We have been 3rd graders for 100 days and we have learned so much. So today in celebration of 100 days we did a few fun and interesting things to honor 100. We started our day off by doing 100 piece puzzles with a partner for morning work. This was GREAT teamwork and problem solving. After we completed the puzzles we worked on 100 grid puzzles. We created a 100 grid and then solved puzzles to create letters out of our numbers. It was super fun. After math we created collages of ourselves. Not just our everyday selves, but our 100 year old selves! It was hilarious and enjoyable. We used all kinds of materials to create these collage self-portraits. After we finished the masterpiece we used our writing time to write about ourselves at 100. Let's just say we have BIG dreams for 100 and I wish I could be around to see it all happen. To sum it all up we are going to have LOTS of wild times with our great-grand kids, live it up in nursing homes and be in love! They really were the sweetest things and I can't wait to send them home for you to see and read. But for now they are in the hallway for everyone else to enjoy and they have been a HUGE hit.
OF COURSE I included pictures of our day for you to enjoy!

 You will have to ask your kiddo which one is them.

Also- February is I LOVE TO READ month and in celebration each classroom is supposed to decorate our door. I chose the book A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon. Here is our finished product of it too!

I am so glad to have spent 100 days with this great bunch of kids.
Great things are happening in room 201! Thanks for stopping by.

Mrs. Snyder

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cereal Box Book Reports

In 3rd grade we spend a lot of time talking about books, reading good books, and learning skills and tools we need to become better readers. One skill good readers do is summarize what we have read. So to celebrate Love to Read month and to make things more exciting, we have an assignment that all students are expected to do. It's the Cereal Box Book Report!

The Cereal Box Book Report is a non-traditional book report. Students will read a just-right realistic fiction chapter book of their own choosing. After reading the book, students will share main information from the book using a cereal box. (Yes- a REAL cereal box) Students will have to come up with a type of cereal (and name it) based on their book. For example, if I am reading The Tale of Desperaux, I could call my cereal Desper-Os. The cereal could be oat shaped ears (since Desperaux has large ears), and I could have marshmallows in the shapes of spools of thread, books, and chandeliers (since those nouns play prominent roles in the book).

I would then need to design a box showing the name of my cereal and what the cereal is like. Spend time looking at traditional cereal box designs to get inspired. What catches your eye? Colorful text? Pictures of the actual cereal? A character endorsement? Students will need to show their neatness, creativity, and understanding of the book.

Next, students will need to use the provided templates to share more information about the book. Students will share a summary (including the ending--this is not a book buzz), information about the main characters, and knowledge of the summary. These papers need to be attached to the sides of the box.
On the back of the box, students will need to design an activity for the back of the box. It can be a game, word search, or a puzzle. Use imagination! It has to be related to the book, most importantly.

They will then create a commercial (book talk) about their book. Promoting it and trying to get other students interested in reading their book just like a TV commercial gets us interested in buying a product.

Here are some examples of some cereal box reports that I found online to help you get a visual of what I'm looking for:

Source- Google Search.

Source: Google Search

Source: Google Search

Source: Google Search.

Source: Google Search

An idea for the back of the box. A puzzle!
Source: Google Search

If students need any supplies such as a cereal box, paper, scissors, etc., please ask me on Monday.
Do not wait until the day they are due.

Other than giving time to read the book in class, students will not be given class time to work on their cereal box.

If you need copies of the templates or directions again you can print them off of the 3rd grade website.
(See the GREAT LINKS 4 YOU tab on blog)
Cereal boxes are due at school on February 23rd. We will be presenting commercials on the 24th and 25th.
After you have seen the instructions and you still have questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.
I can't wait to see all of the projects!

Mrs. Snyder