“What’s It All
Reading to Learn
Rationale: Comprehension is very important
when reading. It is very
important for children for children to learn comprehension strategies
their learning to read. One great way for students to develop
through summarization. Summarization is important because children need
able to know what is important in the text that they are reading.
allows the children to think about and understand the important things
they read leading to comprehension.
- A bookmark
for each student with the 5 summarization steps on it
1. Pick out important details that are necessary to
2. Pick out the less important or repeated ideas from the
passage and them.
the important and necessary details using key words.
4. Pick a topic sentence
a topic sentence if there is none.
- Copy of
Space Rock Makes a Crash Landing, National Geographic Kids
for each student.
- First we will
begin by reviewing what comprehension is. Ask the students what they
think comprehension is. Good job! When we are reading it
is important that we comprehend what we are reading. That is being able
to understand and remember what we have read when finished. Today we
are going to learn about summarization which is a comprehension
strategy that we use to pick out the most important parts of what we
are five important steps we use when summarizing. I will write them on
the white board so everyone can see them and also give each one of you
a book mark that you can keep with you and use when you are reading.
First we will pick out the important parts of what we read. Next we
pick out and take away the parts that are less important. Then we use
key words to help us pick out the details of what we read. Then we
think of one topic sentence which summarizes the most important part of
- Now we are going
to practice out new summarizing strategies. We are going to read an
article silently to ourselves and use our book marks to help us what to
do when reading. This article is about a meteorite that crashed into a
house in New Zealand
let’s read the rest of the article to see what happens to the house and
more about the meteorite. We need to remember the important things in
the article so we can make a good summary when we are finished.
- We will summarize
the first paragraph as a class so the students can ask questions and
they can see what a good summary looks like. Be sure to model the five
steps for the students. “When I read this paragraph, the
important things that I remember are that a grapefruit size meteorite
crashed through a roof and that the house was in New Zealand.
Be sure to ask the students if they came up with any
other answers. After we pick out the most important things, we are
going to get rid of the unimportant details. I found these to be that
the meteorite slammed into a couch, hit the ceiling, and rolled under
the table. Next we will pick out some key words that are important to
the paragraph. The ones that I picked are grapefruit sized, meteorite,
roof, and New
Zealand. Now lets write a topic
sentence for this paragraph. I think that A grapefruit sized meteorite
crashed through the roof of a house in New Zealand. Sounds like a
great sentence as the topic for our paragraph.” Be sure to ask the
students if they have any questions about what we did or if they have
any other ideas of what we could have written.
- If there are no
questions have the students try it themselves. “Now that
we are all so good at summarizing lets practice with the next paragraph
doing it by ourselves. Just raise your hand if you have any questions.
Make sure to all five steps and only use the important details.
will collect the students summarizes review them and then review them
students, having them tell me why they choose what they did to write.
summaries they should have three important things from the article, at
three key words from the paragraph, and a topic sentence that clearly
summarizes the article. And then make suggestions for them.
Makes a Crash
Landing.” Staff. National Geographics Kids
18 April 2005.