Sunday, October 6, 2013

Project 13: Project Based Learning Lesson Plan

Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover!

cat reading a book

In this lesson plan, third grade students evaluate book covers. It covers five days, each consisting of a forty-minute class session. As students look at different book covers, they are asked to analyze what should be included on the cover, what should be left out, and decide why. Students demonstrate in this project that they can comprehend and understand a book.

After studying and discussing several book covers, students recreate a cover from a book they have already read.

We have decided to let students use the book cover creator tool to fill in the title and other print for the book covers, then print them out and let students draw the images with crayons and markers.

When the covers are complete, Students will share them with the class and explain the changes they made and why.

A checklist is used to help students analyze their own work as they complete the project, and there is a rubric included for the teacher to use while the student is presenting.

Project Overview

Project Calendar

Project Essentials Checklist


  1. Do they have to read the book before redoing the cover? Or do they guess what the story is about based on the cover? Or do they create a cover for a different book they have read? If they do not read the book that is covered by the cover they are examining, how are they to learn what to do with their cover/ You are not clear in your plan or in your introduction. This is a critical part of your plan which is missing.

    Tippins did not contribute, correct?

  2. Paragraph two of the post says that they are recreating covers from books they have already read.

    Tippins did not contribute.