Writing Summaries Craftivity is a great hands on, creative way for your students to work on their summarizing skills. Included in this activity are 5 different non-fiction reading passages, anchor charts for using MIWs (Most Important Words) and for writing summaries, and a fun and easy craftivity for your students to make with their summaries. You may choose which reading passage you wish for students to use, or let them choose which one they would like to write about. This makes it great for differentiation!
Reading passage topics included are:
1. Origination of bubble gum (included on the anchor chart – MIWs are chosen, so this could be a great way to write a summary together as a class)
2. How clouds help predict the weather
4. Comparing baleen and toothed whales
Students will write their summaries on fun lemonade glasses
and add a wedge to the rims with their MIWs. Some students
may wish to make the lemon a lime, or color the glasses as iced
tea instead of lemonade. These craftivities make a great bulletin
board, hallway display or interactive journal addition. Lemonade
glasses come in 2 sizes – whole page or half page – for you to use.
And to make this “easy squeezy” for you, I’ve included a rubric to
help you score your students’ summaries (rubric scores both
content of summaries and mechanics)
As always, happy teaching! - Martha from “The Owl Spot”