Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Summarizing with Story Elements

Summarizing is a brief account of the main points of a story. On the surface this seems simple, but for many students, summarizing is a challenge. Modeling and practice is needed to help students understand how to determine which points are important and need to be included in a summary.

Summarizing Strategies

One way to help students learn to summarize is to give them opportunities to summarize in different ways. Different strategies include:

  • Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then
  • Beginning, Middle, End
  • Summarizing each Story Element

Helping students to identify and write about  story elements is a great way to help students learn to identify important information for writing a good summary. 

Some Fiction Story Elements Include:

  • Character-who the story is about
  • Setting-when and where the story takes place
  • Problem or Conflict-the challenge or challenges the main character faces
  • Solution or Resolution-how the problem is solved
  • Theme-the message or lesson in the story

Summarizing with Story Elements

A fun way to get your students writing about story elements is my Heart Reading Response Flibook. Understanding story elements helps students to learn to summarize important information. This fun flipbook can be used with almost any fiction picture book or chapter book. (Two fiction flipbooks as well as a nonfiction version is included.) To make this even more fun, printable letters and ideas to create this eye-popping bulletin board are included. Your students will love seeing their work displayed on this fun bulletin board!

Looking for a flipbook for another season? Then check out some of these other great flipbooks.

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Breaking Down a Text to Increase Reading Comprehension

In any elementary reading classroom, helping students to comprehend what they read is always at the forefront of the reading teacher's mind.  Explicitly teaching reading strategies and skills, teacher modeling, collaborative use, and guided practice are all key components of good teaching practices, but what can teachers do once these steps have been taken to insure that students have opportunities to independently use and practice reading strategies and insure that students are comprehending? Allowing students to break down a text, can be an excellent way for students to show their understanding of the text and improve comprehension. 

Breaking down a text can help increase reading comprehension. This strategy includes looking closely at, identifying, and writing about elements such as: character, setting, problem, solution, beginning, middle, end, summary, facts, etc. Finding a tool to help students break down a text can help students enhance their understanding of what they are reading. Finding a tool that not only helps students break down the text but is also fun is a win-win.

Winter Mittens Flipbooks not only are fun and motivating for students, but they are designed to help students break down the text (both fiction and nonfiction) in order for them to dig into comprehending. These flipbooks are highly engaging for students and are a very effective way for students to think about and write about what they have read. Use these flipbooks in a variety of ways in your classroom. Use with independent reading, literature circles, classroom novels, homework, book reports, and more. Best of all, your students will love them!

Included in this Winter Mittens Flipbooks packet are three mitten flipbooks. Two fiction flipbooks and one nonfiction flipbook are included to help students break down what they have read.

Fiction flipbook one breaks down the text into: 

  • Character
  • Setting
  • Problem
  • Solution
Students will write about the character of the book, describe the setting, explain the problem and the solution. By doing this, students are able to look closely at the text as well as summarize while explaining these story elements.

Fiction flipbook two breaks down the text into:

  • Beginning
  • Middle 
  • End
This flipbook is perfect to help students summarize by breaking down the text into the beginning , middle , and the end.

The nonfiction flipbook allows students to break down the text into:

  • Summary
  • Facts
  • Text Features
After reading nonfiction text, students can use this flipbook to write a summary of the text, list important facts, and identify text features found in the text. 

Once you choose the book that best meets the needs of your students, you may decide to display the completed mittens in the hallway or create an eye-catching bulletin board similar to the picture below. Letters for the bulletin board are included in the packet. Simply print on colored paper and cut out. Arrange the mittens around the board. Add your own snowflakes and white rope to create an eye-catching display. Your students will love seeing their work. 

Simply click on any picture to purchase my Winter Mittens Flipbooks and have your students creating these fun winter flipbooks.

Happy Reading! Have a blessed day!