Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Hey Friends!  I'm Abbie Jinnings from Tales From The First Grade!

I am so excited to share with you today an interactive summarizing lesson! I don't know about you, but my students always want to tell me so much when summarizing!  I am working with them on developing an understanding for the important or "best" parts of a story!  

Let's get started!  I prepared for the lessons by setting up my anchor charts! Here is our summarizing basic definition chart.

After we set the foundation of what a summary is, I "hooked" the students on the new concept with some hands on learning.  We made a trail mix out of corn cereal, raisins, and M&M's!  As we made the trail mix we discussed how a story has lots of details and parts, just like our trail mix.   The trail mix is great together, just like all the details in a story.  As in the trail mix and a story, some parts are better than others.  I instructed the students to look through their trail mix and pick the best ingredient!  

After the students determined the best ingredient they sorted the mix.  All the children were sure the chocolate goodness of the M&M was the best! 

After a small snack of trail mix we had a discussion about the connection between the best parts of a book and the best parts of the trail mix.  From there we read the book Charlie and the Christmas Kitty by Ree Drummond.  If you have not read one of her Charlie books you must!!  Not only do I love her cooking show she is now one of my favorite authors.  Back to the lesson..  After reading we completed an anchor chart over somebody, wanted, but, so.  

We ended our mini unit over summarizing with completing a flip book over Charlie and the Christmas Kitty.  I love using flip books as a response to literature!  My students do best with illustrating the  front page and writing on the inside.  

Hope you are inspired to add some hands on activities to your comprehension lessons!  

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