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HES Reading Fair Project Instructions

                      Annual Reading Fair: March 1, 2018



What is a reading fair?

An opportunity for students to share their favorite fiction book through a storyboard display. Students must identify story elements such as characters and plot. Students should be creative in decorating their board to illustrate the theme of the story.


Does it have to be a library book?

The answer is no. A book can be one from the town library, purchased elsewhere, or one you might have at home. We just ask that the book be appropriate for
the child’s reading and grade level. It can be a book that the child can read, or, has been read to them. (Please help your child choose quality stories so they will be able to complete all required story elements.)


What is a storyboard?

A storyboard looks similar to a science fair board (tri-fold board) and allows the students to display story elements from the book. These can be found at Wal-Mart and Dollar General.


When is it due?

All projects will be due Tuesday February 27, 2018 and will be on display at the Reading Fair to be held on Thursday, March 1 5:30-6:30 in the Gym. All are welcomed to attend. (Reminders will be sent home closer to the actual Reading Fair)

While a reading fair project is not hard, it does take planning and could be looked at as a three step process:

1.     Select and read a book

2.    Identify story elements and summarize the story (see reverse side). A copy for the rough draft has been attached.

3.    Create the board





Reading Fair Poster Board Guidelines


The storyboard must contain the following information:


·        Title

·        Author

·        Publisher and Publication date

·        Setting – place and time of story

·        Main Characters – only those important to the story

·        Plot summary – brief summary (not retelling) of what the story is about and what takes place (Basically a beginning, middle, and end.)

·        Conflict – the problem of the story

·        Solution or Resolution – how the problem is resolved

·        Author’s Purpose – why the author wrote the story (to entertain, to teach, or a combination).

·        Child’s First and Last Name, Grade level, and teacher written in MARKER on the BACK of the project.


v 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded for the following: (K-1, 2-3, and 4-5). Winners will be awarded medallions.




















Where the story takes place.




Main       Characters


Who are the important characters in       the story with a short description of them. This can be what they look       like, what they did in the story, what they liked to do, etc…




Plot       Summary


Brief       summary (not retelling) of what the story is about and what takes place.       (Basically a beginning, middle and end.)
























































Use a       variety of materials and original artwork       to communicate ideas and key moments in the book. Use detailed drawings,


3-Dimensional design, cut-paper, collage, diorama, etc.




Title       and Author






Publisher       and Publication Date


Who published the book and when.




Authors       Purpose


Why did the author write the       story? Was it to entertain, make       you laugh. Was it to teach you something, or a combination?








How was the       problem solved?






What was the problem in the story?




Reading Fair Elements Map

Identification: Name, homeroom, teacher, school labeled on the back