Anyways, I was so excited that my summarizing organizer was helpful to many of you! Thanks a bunch for all of the positive comments! Someone asked if I have the same organizer for nonfiction and unfortunately, I do not; however, here is an organizer that I have my kiddos use when reading nonfiction text. From this organizer, my students then write a summary.
I have created a graphic organizer to help with summarizing biographies. It also comes from some ideas I learned at a training with Kathy Bumgartner (www.kbumreading.com).
Also, this week we wrapped up our literature circles and the kids got to pick three activities from a Tic-Tac-Toe style menu that they'd like to complete. They had so much fun and their products were so creative (I've really got to start taking pictures). Here's a copy of the Tic-Tac-Toe. The activities can be used with any stories!
Ok, so that's it for now. I have been getting some creative ideas from other blogs out there and wanted to give back a little something! If you can use any of these activities, I'd love to hear your plans for them!