Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss and Dogs In Space



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First Grade Required Summer Reading Activities

First grade students will read the following books for their beginning of the year projects: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss and Dogs In Space by Nancy Coffelt. Students will complete two tasks based upon their understanding of these books: 1.) a book report and 2) The Mystery Bag activity. (See the attached sheets for activity details.) Only one activity is required for each book, but both activities MUST be completed.


Explanation of grade for Book Report:

Name, Date, Title of Book, Author (worth 5 points each)

Setting, Characters, Facts about Character, Favorite Part, Beginning, Middle, End, and Different Ending (worth 10 points each)
Explanation of grade for The Mystery Bag:

Mystery Bag: Decorated in line with the theme of book, including labels for the student’s name, book title and author’s name, the bag should be colorful, neat, and pleasing to the eye. (worth 40 points)

Three Items: The items chosen should relate in some meaningful way to the character(s), setting, or plot of the story. Student should be able to tell in their own words (during the presentation) the connection/correlation of their item to their chosen book. (worth 60 points)

“The Mystery Bag”




  1. Students will read a book of their choice (from the 1st Grade Summer Reading List).

  2. Upon completion of reading, think of some of the most important parts of the book (characters, places, ideas, etc.) and find three objects to symbolize, or represent, them.


3.) Students will decorate a plain, non-transparent bag in which to

put their chosen objects (described above).

4.) Students will be prepared to present the contents of their bag

to the class, explaining why they chose each item (and how it

relates to the book).

Name _________________________________ Date ________________________________


1st Grade Summer Reading Book Report

Title of Book: _______________________________________________________

Author: ____________________________________________________________

Setting of story (When and where did this story take place?): __________________________________________________________________

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Main character(s) (Who was the whole book about?): ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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List two important or interesting things about the character: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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What was your favorite part of the selection? Explain why. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Describe the plot of the selection.

Tell what happened in the beginning: __________________________________________________________________

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Tell what happened in the middle: _____________________________________________________________________________________

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Tell what happened at the end: _____________________________________________________________________________________

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Write a different ending for the book. __________________________________________________________________

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