Sunday, February 5, 2012

Let's Sum It Up!

Goodness. What a crazy busy week. What a crazy busy weekend.  Is it really already Sunday? How in the world did that happen?  So, you're telling me, I have to go back to school tomorrow?

I can do it. At least I think I can handle it.

Ok...enough complaining.

I am still loving doing Reading Workshop!  My kids are loving it too!  They get so excited for reading! Hello, are these my same kids from a month ago?  I love it!

This week we focused on creating reading partnerships.  The students are so adorably cute talking about their reading.  I would share some of my anchor charts, but they are just sad.  I think my sickness this week lessened my already lacking artistic abilities.  Let's just say an attempt at drawing friends and jazz hands ended with laughs by all.

I did find this cute printable on Pinterest that we put in their reading notebooks.  I love Pinterest and Freebies.

You can download it here from Wendy for free!

I am also loving teaching shared reading.  Before, I always felt like teaching reading skills from the basal reader was so disjointed and I didn't feel like the students really had the chance to master a skill.  This week we focused on Summarizing.  I also used some great graphic organizers that I found for free!

First,we focused on summarizing fiction.  I love the SWBST strategy.  Jen from Runde's Room has a super cute printable poster to go with this strategy! I made it into a large poster to hang up in my room.  I think it is just so pretty!

I started off by modeling the strategy with the students using the story "Cocoa Ice", to go along with our economics unit. The next day, the students worked in partners and summarized a short passage using a graphic organizer. 

I am such a sucker for gluing things in a notebook.  I just found a short passage somewhere online and I downloaded the super cute graphic organizer from Wendy at One Happy Teacher. 

We did the same thing with Nonfiction, I modeled, and then the students worked together to complete one on their own.  We used the 3,2,1 Strategy.  

I downloaded this freebie from my dear friend Elisabeth at Twin, Teaching and Tacos' TPT Store!  

After doing these activities in class, the kiddos did something similar for Homework. 

On Friday, we had a mini assessment to check up on their summarizing skills.  It is nothing exciting, I mean it is a quiz, but I have it for free on my TPT Store. 

I hope you can use some of these free resources in your classroom! :)

I hope everyone is having an incredibly relaxing weekend!


  1. Thanks for sharing the freebies! I would love to start doing reading workshop in my room. Glad it is working out for you!

    Apples and Papers

  2. These are great, Amber. We are reviewing for a unit test this week and summarizing is one of your skills. This will come in handy!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Fun in Room 4B

  3. Thanks so much for sharing my partner talk chart for readers notebooks! I'm so glad you like it! It's been very helpful in my classroom as well.

    I'm your newest follower!

  4. You are so great! You are one of my first stops when lesson planning!


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