It’s Time to
Sum It Up!!!
Reading to Learn
Rationale: Comprehension is an important strategy for students to understand as they read. One of the most important strategies for children to learn is summarization. Summarization can be defined as finding the most important information from a reading. In this lesson students will use their summarization skills by picking out main events or ideas while reading a chapter in a book.
Materials: enough copies of the "SuperCroc" article from National Geographic for Kids magazine (March 2002 issue) for each student, paper, pencils, and chalkboard, informational books for each student (of their choice), story map for board,
I will start out by reviewing what silent reading is to my students. “Silent reading is a great way to understand what you are reading. As you read to yourself you are able to gain a lot of information and comprehend what you read. After you read silently to yourself you want to make sure you comprehended everything. We are going to use summaries to make sure you comprehended the text correctly. You write a summary by picking out the main points in a story or passage.
“Now I want you to read the rest of the article to yourself silently and I want you on your own to write a summary of what happened in this article. After everyone is done you will write your own paragraph describing what you just read.”
Assessment: I will pick up each students paragraphs and see if the information they put on them is correct. This will allow me to see if they were able to comprehend what they read to themselves and if they still need to work on comprehension strategies.
SuperCroc” By: Meg Crow
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