Summarization Strategy called "the incredible shrinking notes". Students start out writing a summary of a reading selection on the large index card. Students are then given the medium sized card and have to take the information from the large card and condense it onto the medium sized card. Finally, students are given the small card and must take the information from the medium sized card and condense it further onto the small card. Great way for students to get to the main point/idea!

Best End of the Year gift ever! My kids absolutely loved it, and I love getting notes from them all summer long:)

TAPE ENVELOPES INTO NOTEBOOKS: Organizing Research Notes for Expository Writing [Each envelope represents a subtopic. Inside the envelopes, students tuck pieces of support or facts for that particular subtopic. Folds up and fits in writing folders.

The SWBS strategy is my favorite one for students to use when working on summarizing. This graphic organizer could be completed by all students and placed on a bulletin board as book recommendations.

Miss Klohn's Classroom: Interactive Student Notebook...finally!

Word Work: Here's an easy way for students to practice their spelling words. Have them draw a big scribble on their page - remind them to leave big spaces in their scribble! Using coloured pencils, they can then fill the spaces with their words.


popcorn writing activity: students choose one yellow piece (character) and one white piece (setting) and write a short story

Essay checklist. Needed at least one of these.

A list of ways kids can use sticky notes to record their thinking while reading - their metacognition....

synonyms...i LOVE this because the colors on the paint strip are similar, but not exactly the same...just like the words.

writing long strategies

Learning about classifying! Check out this easy lesson that got us started talking about what makes a quality summary!

Great Ideas for Middle & High School writing assignments - can be used in just about every subject!

YoungTeacherLove: Reading and Summarizing Nonfiction: Coding the Text

My Adventures Teaching : Plot, Interactive Notebooks

Free Illustrated Homophone Word Cards

Memory Strategies for Students: The Value of Strategies

Interactive activitie - ex a story pyramid summary that students can use in their summarization efforts.