Books vs movies, there is always a big difference, so why not encourage the kids to write a book report on it?
As we are now finally reading Harry Potter, I wanted to create a compare and contrast movie and book template to use in our homeschool. I couldn’t find what I was looking for online, so I thought I would share with you what we use.
My son always writes a book report after every single book he reads. So when he completed the first Harry Potter book he completed this. (Get your FREE copy of the book report template here).
We agreed last Friday as he had completed the book and the book report, that we would watch the Harry Potter film.
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Books vs Movies
We are lucky in the fact that our son loves to read, however, adding a movie into the mix as well, has certainly paid off.
If you are not as lucky though check out our top tips on how to encourage reading habits in kids. Number 7 is my favorite!!
The Harry Potter and the Sorcerors Stone would normally take him about 2 weeks to read. However, knowing he would get to watch a movie at the end of it, encouraged him to read twice as fast!
We always make sure the book is read first and then write the book report.
Before we watch the film I always remind him that he needs to write a comparison report after. That way, he knows, even more, to look out for differences.
When the film is finished, and in fact, in my son’s case, constantly throughout the movie (not annoying at all!!!!) he will share the differences.
If your child isn’t as forthcoming though try asking these questions:
- How was the movie different from the book?
- Did the setting look as you expected?
- Were there things left out or added in the movie compared to the book?
- Did the characters look as you expected?
- Which did you prefer? The book or the movie? Why?
The Best Movies With Books to Study
There are so many!
Pretty much any movie the kids will watch was originally a kid’s book.
But I will share with you our top five. What I love about this is you can sneak in a cuddle or two while watching the movies!
- Harry Potter
- Lord of the Rings
- Oliver Twist
- David Walliams – all of these books have been turned into movies, perfect for elementary-aged children.
Compare and Contrast Movie and Book Template
I recommend the kids to complete the books vs movies compare and contrast report as soon after the film as possible. That way they don’t forget it.
I love that it sneaks in writing too! I will try anything! We do love WriteShop (check out our Writeshop review) as his writing curriculum but he will only do the minimum!! But he LOVES to read so I can’t have it all!
Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our printables work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)
What are your kid’s favorite books that have been turned into movies? Let me know in the comments below.
Last Updated on 15 September 2022 by homeschoolof1