Summarizing…Less is More

Our class is enjoying a teacher-led novel study of the book “Frindle” by Andrew Clements. It is a fun story about the power of words. In this book, the main character, Nick Allen, is full of some very interesting ideas!

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Yesterday we read a chapter called “The Big Idea.” Afterwards, students were asked to summarize what they had heard into one “Big Idea” of their own. We know that summarizing is a great way to deepen our understanding, as well as to remember important information. We quickly realized that narrowing down a chapter to a sentence or two can be very challenging! After some time to think, and some writing and erasing, each student was ready to share their own summary. As students shared, I typed their responses to make the following “Wordle”.

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Grade 3’s, how can we use our Wordle to summarize the chapter we heard? Why do you think summarizing an important skill to have?

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One comment on “Summarizing…Less is More

  1. How can we use our Wordle-we use it by puting every bodys summarizing sentence and type it in. Why do you think summarizing is a good skill- I think so because then you have a better whay of knowing what the main part is.

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