Tips, Titles and Tools for Teachers
Instructional Resources and Book Recommendations
Thank you to the teachers at Atwood for such positive and productive instructional team days before vacation! I'm looking forward to the grade level days at WES this week and next Monday! I hope you find these days helpful to your planning and instruction.
I will be back in my normal routine in classrooms next Tuesday. If you need anything, please feel free to e-mail me anytime!
Retelling Vs Summarizing
So, what's the difference?
Retelling: Tell the story again using the author's words. Include as many details as possible!
Summarizing: Tell only the most important events from the story in your own words. Keep in mind the big idea of the story!
Both retelling and summarizing ask students to use details from the text and to keep the events in the correct order.
I highly recommend this excellent poster to share with your students that explains the difference between retelling and summarizing!
You can use this poster in a mini lesson or as an anchor chart. In the upper grades, we've noticed on the QRI and the DRA that students need to understand the difference between a retelling and a summary so they know how many details to share.
A Summarizing Strategy for All Grades
Here's a blogpost from a second grade teachers introducing the strategy: http://www.hippohoorayforsecondgrade.com/2014/03/summarizing-literary-texts-with-freebie.html?showComment=1396180057513
On Teachers Pay Teachers:
A Great Graphic Organizer for summarizing with "Somebody Wanted But So Then Finally"
If your students need support summarizing, you will find this strategy very helpful! In the primary grades, it would be great to use it connected to a read aloud or short text. Students in the upper grades who are struggling with the difference between a retelling and a summary will find this strategy very helpful!
Bumblebee Book Award
Blizzard is based on Rocco's childhood experience of the Blizzard of 1978. In the story, a boy becomes a hero when he manages to walk to the local grocery story to get supplies for his neighbors after they've been snowed in for days. I love the message of this book that all it takes is one brave, young individual to help a village!
Black Bear Book Award ~ Graphic Novels
Roller Girl is a graphic novel about friendship, perseverance and girl power!
This new graphic novel is from the authors of Baby Mouse and Squish. Sunny Side Up is recommended for fans of Raina Telgemeier.
Your students will love this book! Wild Ocean is a graphic anthology about twelve endangered sea animals. Written in a comic style, your students will learn new facts in an appealing format!