It’s Raining Meatballs
with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi
copies for each student)
“REMEMBER WHEN WE DISCUSSED SILENC
“TODAY WE ARE GOING TO READ Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. HOW CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT THIS STORY IS ABOUT WITHOUT RETELLING THE WHOLE STORY? RIGHT! GIVE ME A SUMMARY! JUST A REMINDER A SUMMARY IS WHEN YOU GIVE THE MAJOR PARTS OF A STORY WITHOUT RETELLING EVERY SINGLE DETAIL.” (Give the students a chance to give the definition of a summary first.) “ON THE BOARD I HAVE WRITTEN THE STEPS YOU SHOULD USE WHEN SUMMARIZING”: 1. Find all of the main points 2. Take out small details that are not important 3. Put together any ideas that are the same so you do not repeat yourself.
“AT YOUR DESK, READ THE BOOK SILENTLY. BE THINKING ABOUT THE MOST IMPORTANT DETAILS OF THE STORY.” Give students about 15-20 minutes to read silently.
they finish reading, they should begin answering the questions Who,
When, Why, and How. “LET'S TALK ABOUT THESE FIVE QUESTIONS.
DOES 'WHO' ANSWER?” Take responses “RIGHT, IT IS WHO THE
ARE. WHAT ABOUT 'WHAT'? GOOD! IT TELLS WHAT IS
THE STORY. STOP AT THAT QUESTION. THIS IS WHERE WE WANT TO
SUMMARY. MAKE SURE YOU TELL THE AUDIENCE THE MOST IMPORTANT
ARE HAPPENING AND YOU DON'T WANT TO TELL TOO MUCH.”
students are writing, go around the room to make sure they are on the
track. (Give them about 15 minutes to write) When you
summary, draw a picture of your favorite part.
Assessment: Students should share their summaries with a partner. They should compare summaries deleting useless information or adding important details. They should also make sure that their partner has answered the questions, Who, What, When, Where, and Why. I will go over the papers when they finish.
Edberg, Kellie. "It's Raining Meatballs." MacMillan Publishing Company,
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