Love/Hate Relationships {Allow Me to Summarize}

Mrs. Lamb
to make this week as captivating as possible,
but sometimes kids get a little overexcited
so we had a few meltdowns
then ended up having a great Friday

I love the “Somebody wanted, but, so, then” summarizing tool. It is technically copyrighted to a lady who used to work in our district with reading, but she has moved on to bigger things…like a gig with a pretty well-known textbook publisher…

I hate trying to get the ideas of determining what is important in text and summarizing…really hate it with 7 year olds…
I get caught up in the minutia of details just as much as they do
that’s why I take 3 days to add the perfect clipart, borders, and fonts to files
that’s why I am a procrastinator…I’m not really, I just have a hard time staying on one task without moving to whatever is on my mind…

Anywho-Each month my school focuses on a reading strategy to teach-last month was summarizing. I compiled the ideas we shared and some I already used into a pretty sweet literacy packet


In this packet I have my 2 favorite ways to trick kiddos into focusing on main ideas…The ABC Summary {which is also a freebie at the bottom!} and the Somebody, wanted, but, so, then frame {fiction, nonfiction, and bio versions included}

click to purchase {TpT} {teacher’s notebook}

Here’s a little peak. I love this ABC summary chart. I have used it to review before tests and as a pretest to see what they already know. Another break from the ordinary is to have them walk around the room trying to get one word in every box from each other.

click picture for freebie on google docs

Right now I am working on making the o’ faithful lucky charms data activity more 2nd grader appropriate-it’s all so easy! Here’s a sneak peek of what I’ve got so far. Can’t wait to share and USE!

My Lucky Charm

and I also uploaded some freebie fun last night that I will explain more about later!



notes to the teacher

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