Animal Safari Summaries


By: Rachel Cummings

Reading to Learn



Students must eventually begin to read for comprehension. One key strategy in being able to read for comprehension is the ability to summarize. Through teacher modeling specific strategies students can learn to expand their comprehension skills and summarize for themselves. 




- Vampire Bat passage

- Tiger passage for each student

-Pencils for each student

- Walrus passage for each student



- "When we read something, there is a lot of information that we don’t need. If we take out the information that isn’t important, and retell the story with only the important information, that is called summarizing. We are going to learn to summarize some stories”

- Place vampire bat passage on projector so students can see. “I am going to read this passage to myself, once I have done that I am going to reread it and pick out what I think is important information.” While reading underline the information you find important. “Now that I know what is important I am going to put that information together and leave out the unimportant items. This makes a summary.”  Model rewriting using the projector.

- Hand out a passage about tigers to each student. “Now lets all read this passage about tigers to ourselves. When you are done reading go back and underline what you think is important information.” Then ask the students to collaborate and discuss what they found important, while you underline what they say on the projector. Then work as a class to write a summary using the information they found important.

- Next we will see if the students can summarize on their own. Hand out passages about walruses and ask each student to use the summarizing strategies they just learned to summarize the passage. 



Students will be assessed by turning in their summaries along with the original passage they marked on.


- Amanda Shankles Wild Animal Summaries:

 - Vampire Bat passage:

 - Tiger passage:

 - Walrus passage:

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