Book Report Information

Timeline for Project

Assigned             January 8, 2013     completed

Sheet Signed      January 16, 2013    completed         

Index Card         January 18, 2013    completed      index cards completed in class on Friday, January 18

                                                                            See Mr. English if you have not completed either the Signed Sheet or the Index Card

Notes Sheet       January 30, 2013     completed

                                                                          sample report is on wall in Mr. English's hallway

                                                                          see Mr. English during recess if you wish to review information on your notes sheet

Draft                  February 4, 2013   completed

Poster                February 4, 2013   completed

Report               February 8, 2013

Final Report        February 11, 2013  Note: Due Date Extended!!  Students may still turn in final report early.


Information for Students and Parents:

Classes went over information on the Index Card and the Notes Sheet in class during class on January 14. 

Students will use the Notes Sheet to take notes and record information while reading and reviewing their chosen book.

On the Notes sheet, there are four spots for paragraphs.  You should fill out all four and then determine how many paragraphs you need while writing your draft.

Notes sheet will then be used to write a draft of report.

Notes sheet and draft will be turned in with final report.

Notes sheet has information and details on how to fill out the index card.  Index cards were filled out in class on January 18.

Notes sheet has several model bibliographies.  Please follow models.  Check for correct spacing and punctuation.  Students:  If you have trouble finding part of the bibliography information, please see me during a recess period (M, T, or F).



Book Report Information


200 point project

Signatures, Notes, and Drafts

60 points

Report (typed or handwritten)

100 points

Poster or Folded Sheet

40 points


Model Science Book Report

William English                                                                                                                                             January 13, 2013

Science                                                                                                                                                         Mr. English

Forces of Nature- Science Book Report

        Weather happens every day all over the world. For this project I wanted to learn more about weather that happens in our area but I learned so much more. I am glad I choose to read and learn about storms, blizzards, plate movement, earthquakes, and other weather phenomena. I never thought that learning about the weather would be so interesting.

        I found amazing facts, information, and statistics about the Sun. The Sun is a giant ball of hydrogen and helium gas undergoing a constant nuclear reaction. All the weather on Earth is powered by the Sun. The Sun is so huge that 108 Earths would fit across the Sun’s diameter. I found out that light from the Sun takes 8 minutes and 19 seconds to reach the Earth. We live in the past. The outer surface of the Sun is the photosphere and its temperature can reach about 11,000 degrees F. I found it amazing that the Sun is about 93,000,00 miles from Earth. Even though the Sun is far away, the highest temperature in the United States was 134 degrees F in Death Valley, CA in 1913. The coldest temperature recorded in the United States was minus 80 degrees F in Prospect Creek, Alaska in 1971. We learned many facts about weather and biomes in science class, but it was interesting to learn many new facts about the Sun.

        We often have thunderstorms here in Massachusetts but I did not know much about how they occur. Thunderstorms need warm, humid air that rises quickly. I learned that the cumulus clouds can become cumulonimbus clouds or “thunderstorm factories” with enough warm, humid air. Did you know that about 2,000 thunderstorms are occurring right now? Thunderstorms have cells and a cell is a pair of air movements, an updraft and a downdraft. Thunderstorms can be classified as single cell, multicell, or super cell storms. I found it amazing that a thunderstorm cloud can hold 275 million (that’s 275,000,000) gallons of water. Thunderstorms often have lightning and hail. It was interesting to learn that lightning can strike several ways. Lightning can strike within a cloud, between clouds, and from cloud to ground. I could not believe that lightning flashes 100 times on Earth every second. When thunderstorms strike in the spring and the summer, I will have some great information to share.

        I knew that hurricanes can occur in our New England region, so I wanted to learn more about them. I did not know that the names hurricane, cyclone, and typhoon all describe the same type of storm. The name depends on where the storm forms. A hurricane can produce winds from 74 to over 155 miles an hour. I found it interesting that tornadoes may last a few minutes but a hurricane can last for several days. Also, a big tornado may be one mile wide but a large hurricane can be over 200 miles wide. When the winds and the clouds of a hurricane stop, the storm is not over. The “eye“ of the storm is only halfway over and the worst may be yet to come. I now know more about hurricanes but I hope another one doesn’t happen again.

        Learning about the Sun and local weather issues was fantastic! The Sun’s heat and size are hard to imagine, the numbers and strength of thunderstorms are awesome, and the power of hurricanes is amazing. Some of the information in the book, Forces of Nature, we had covered in science class, but after reading it, I feel like a weather expert!


Stiefel, Chana. Forces of Nature. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 2010.


Details and Information about the above report:

Sample Opening Paragraph

4 sentences - about 60 words

#1 Sample Body Paragraph

Topic - The Sun                  Blurb - Facts about the Sun

10 sentences - about 170 words

#2 Sample body paragraph

Topic - Thunderstorms         Blurb - Information about T-storms

12 sentences - about 180 words

#3 Sample body paragraph

Topic - Hurricanes                Blurb - hurricane facts

8 sentences - about 130 words

Closing Paragraph

3 sentence - about 60 words


         5 paragraphs

             Opening Paragraph

              3 body paragraphs

              Closing Paragraph

37 sentences - about 600 words