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5 finger retell ~ Glue together 2 different colors and have students trace their hand on one side, cut it out and record the retell info. They could flip it for which type of retell they need to do.

"Five-finger retell" This is a simple way for students to remember how to write summaries. Hang these hands up in the classroom. This lesson can be done by having students go through the five finger retell on a story they have read.

I use this for summarizing with my 3rd graders, as well as "CWBME, that's what summary means to me" (Characters, When/Where, Beginning, Middle, End).  This website seems to have a lot of neat teaching ideas.

One of my favorite ways to teach summary. Summarization anchor chart- did this in summer school and it really helped!

Main Idea

Life in First Grade: Pigeons, Skunks, Halloween, and Anchor Charts.pinned for Main Idea anchor chart

Bits of First Grade

First Grade Fresh: ABC/ Word Study Task Cards and Anchor Charts - anchor chart gives a definition of the word "inferences"- "figuring out something that wasn't completely explained in the story" and "using clues to make a good guess.

A Cupcake for the Teacher: Writing Process {Posters & Graphic Organizers}!

I am always looking for new ways to improve writing time in my first grade class. As we were working on our latest writing assignment, I r.

Character Traits using the acronym of FAST (Characters Feelings, Actions, sayings, and thoughts)

Character Traits (FAST: Feelings, Actions, Sayings, Thoughts) from Confessions of a Fourth Grade Teacher: My Anchor Charts!

Reading Strategies anchor chart for making connections.  Text to text; text to world; text to self

Making Connections Anchor Chart: Can be shown in a different way for upper grades. Still a good basic chart to remind students as they read.