Summary Station

Today is the 2nd anniversary of my blog.  I was reflecting over this past year.  I reread my post from last year's anniversary.  Maybe it is the teacher in me or maybe it's the 20 years of crunching Dibels, BOY scores, and all the other numbers we look at as teachers, but I decided to look at my journey as a blogger this past year.  

*I wrote 204 blog posts.
*I had 2.5 million blog page views.

When I first began this journey I knew a little about computers but had no social media experience.  Then I joined Facebook December 2011 so I could join Pinterest.  After two years I am feeling comfortable with Facebook and Pinterest so I am ready to conquer my fear of Twitter.  I joined Twitter a few months ago but I haven't done very much with it.  My problem with Twitter is I am limited to 140 characters or less.  UGH!  I have so much to say and so little space to say it in! 

Then I had one of those lightning strikes moments.  This would be a good skill for students to practice.  I made 3 forms that have 140 spaces.  Each page has a different size of box so you can differentiate.

After you read a story to your class, pass out one of the forms.  There are 3 different ones to choose from so you can differentiate.  Ask your students to summarize what you read.

Use the forms to set up a summary station.  Students read an assigned chapter/book and then write a summary of their assignment on one of the forms.

These forms can be a response form when your students listen to a story online.  I wrote a post that has several free online sites.

Click HERE to read this post.

Click HERE to download the forms.


Kelly said...

What a cute idea!I think a lot of kids would totally get into Tweeting their story summary!
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Stacey (@libraryjo92) said...

Love this idea and the forms! Thanks for sharing! But I wasn't able to download the forms.