A Jewel of a Book

A Jewel of a Book lesson plan

What a charming way to write a book report! Each illustrated bracelet charm captures a character, an event in the plot, setting, or other detail.

  • 1.

    Read a book of your choice. As you read, take notes about the most important characters, key settings, plot and themes, and major events using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils.

  • 2.

    To make a charm bracelet book report, trace your hand and wrist on construction paper. Cut it out with Crayola Scissors.

  • 3.

    Using construction paper, ribbon, or other craft items, make a charm bracelet.

  • 4.

    Draw and cut out as many construction paper charms as you need to tell about your book. Using Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils, Crayons, or Markers, write words and draw pictures on both sides of each charm to report on your book.

  • 5.

    Punch holes in charms and the bracelet. Tie short ribbons through holes to attach charms. Attach the bracelet to your paper wrist using Crayola School Glue.

  • 6.

    Print the name of the book and its author on the palm of your hand. Decorate your hand with nail polish, rings, or other ideas.


  • Students read a book, noting the characters, setting, plot, and events.
  • Children gather, synthesize, and then select the most important data from their book.
  • Students prepare a book report by decorating a charm bracelet with pertinent information about their literary work.


  • Children with special needs could work with a partner or use assistive technology to prepare their book reports.
  • Design a Charming Books bulletin board to display book reports.
  • Plan an oral book reading. Students introduce their book and author, then read highlights from their charms.
  • Take the details on charms and rewrite them in paragraph form.