Give Me the Facts!
Reading to Learn
is one of the most important things for children to learn when they are
to learn. Summarizing text with children is an effective strategy to
comprehension. This lesson will teach children how to summarize the
they read in order to find the important information from a text.
helps children understand what they have read and remember important
Copies of Team Rescues History from Hurricane Damage. Catherine Clarke
Fox. National Geographic Kids News. October 13, 2005. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/kids/2005/10/rescuehistory.html
A poster with
the guide lines listed below to summarize an article.
easy terms for lists of items
Add a series of events with an easy action
topic sentence if there is none.
Paper and pencils for each group
Children poster with these important ideas to remember when summarizing
today we are going to talk about comprehension? Does anyone know what
that means? I will wait for
responses. Great! That is correct. Comprehension is when remember
what we read and even remembering after we are done. I want our class
to become wonderful at comprehending so we are going to learn a couple
steps that make our reading easier to understand. One way to comprehend
is by using a strategy called summarization. When we summarize, we are
able to focus on the central parts of the story.
- Begin the lesson by handing out a copy
of Team Rescues History from Hurricane Damage 10/13/05 , A
National Geographic Kids News Article. “I want each of you to read this
article silently in a few minutes. While reading, remember to follow
along with the passage and re-read when necessary. Go ahead and begin
reading the article now.”
- “Once everyone has finished, please
look up at me so I will know you are done.
- “Now, boys and girls, we are going to
practice summarizing what we have read so we can learn the important
facts of the article.
- Summarizing means that we are going to
pick out the main parts of the article we just read. When summarizing
this article, we need to remember to do these important things:
Delete repeated information
Substitute easy terms for lists of items
a series of events with an easy action term
Select a topic
Invent a topic sentence if there is none.
- By using these guidelines, it will
make it easier for us to summarize this article.
- “We are now going to apply these steps
to the article we just read. We are going to break up into groups of
three and summarize the article. Model for the children how to find the
main idea. Read through article out loud and find main idea together.
- I want one of you to read and the
other two to stop the reader as you hear important details that define
the meaning of the story, and I want the whole group to write it down.
- After we finish, I want for everyone
in their groups to answer these questions: What is the main idea?
Who are the main characters?
Who or what is involved with this news story?
What is the setting?
- After each group finishes, I will read
all of the summaries to see that you answered all of the questions. We
will then vote as a class on who answered each question the best. We will allow the class to see the number of
votes by displaying them on a checklist. After
we vote, we will write a large class summary and display that group
summary and all our other group summaries on our Reading Bulletin Board.
“Let’s Get the Facts”
Stewart, “summarizing What Counts”
here to return to Inventions.