Books for Breakfast

Rubric & Examples

Books for Breakfast Rubric & Requirements

To complete this project, you will need:

·      an empty cereal box

·      a baggie of dry cereal to eat for breakfast

·      an interesting 4th grade chapter book (NO graphic novels or books previously read. A new book for you) that’s not too hard and not too easy.


Beginning today, you will choose a “just right” chapter book. Over the next 2 weeks, you will read the book and decorate a cereal box with required information, illustrations, and timelines.  You will read at home & in class, but the entire cereal box must be completed at home. (We will draft information in class).


Steps for completing the project:


1.      Read the entire book.

2.     Cover all four sides of the cereal box (as perfectly as possible).  I would recommend you measure before you cut.

3.     On the front, illustrate the most interesting event of the main character’s life.  Write 5-7 sentences telling about an important part of the story.  MAKE SURE this paragraph is spelled correctly, have proper capitalization, and punctuation

4.     On the back, draw or print a picture of the main character.  List 5 adjectives describing the main character.  Write a sentence for each adjective explaining why you chose it.  (Example:  Creative – J.K. Rowling was very creative when she named the characters in the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.)

5.     On one side, draw a timeline to show 5 of the most important events in the main character’s life. (You can do more than 5 if you would like.J)

6.     On the other side, write a review of the book and give your rating on a 5-star scale.

7.   Be sure to write neatly and do your very best work.  I will not accept boxes that have capitalization and punctuation errors.


On the due date, we will share our book projects and enjoy a yummy bowl of cereal for breakfast!  I will provide bowls, spoons, and milk.




This project is due on Friday, December 6th



side 1

side 2



This project is due on Friday, December 6th


Total Score                         _______/110   


Project Requirements                                    

Reading Standards for Literature Key Ideas and Details

4.RL.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions)

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

4.RL.10 By the end of the year, proficiently and independently read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in a text complexity range determined by qualitative and quantitative measures appropriate to grade 4.          

Front Side:                             Pts. Earned


Includes title and author-   5pts _______

Illustration with a paragraph

describing a high impact or super

interesting moment

in the story-               15 pts         _______    


Back Side:

         Picture (printed or drawn)

of main character-            10 pts _______              


         5 adjectives & 5 sentences showing

How the character fits the adjective- 20 pts         _______               


Side One:

         Timeline with 5 events-        20pts_______            


Side Two:

         Book review with 5 sentences-15 pts         _______            


         Rating (1 – 5 stars)-              5 pts         _______              


Overall Neatness –                       20 pts         _______          



Books for Breakfast


This project is due on Friday, December 6th