Snazzy title, right?  Guess I'm not feeling too creative today.  But that's okay, because I spent some quality time with my computer.  Summarizing, like theme, isn't just something you can teach a unit on.  You have to keep coming back and coming back and coming back.

It all started with this pin on Pinterest:

I thought, WOW! How easy would it be to do this run down every time we read a book?  Then I can easily hit summarizing over and over and over and over and over.  You get the idea.

So, I decided to make my own version because I have an obsessive need to coordinate.  Duh.  Then, while writing this post, I decide to check out where the original came from.  And it's a blog I already follow!  Guess I started following after this post.  The blog is Runde's Room, and it's awesome.  She even has a whole fictional narrative unit to go with it in her TPT store. (FYI-I checked with her before I shared my copycat version.)

Anywho, here's my version.  Click on the post to download it.  I would actually like to stack 10 or 15 post-its on each square in the poster.  Maybe we could do something with them after we write on them?  Like a mini summarizing board?  I don't know.  I'll let you know how that goes.
Click on image to download.

I had it printed at Office Max in an 11x17 poster for about $1.50.  I know, I know.  Good thing Office Max isn't a real man, or my husband might start getting jealous.

Then I started thinking maybe a poster wasn't enough.  Maybe I would want something bigger sometimes.  So I made it for the Mimio.  It will at least be great for the beginning of the year when I'm introducing it.  You can download the Mimio lesson here.

Take some time and go visit Jen at Runde's Room for some more great ideas!

So what about you? Do you have any good summarizing strategies?


  1. Thank you so much for the summary poster!! This is great!! :)
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  2. That is a great thing to go over after every read aloud! I know my students could sure use the practice! Thanks for the idea:)

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  3. I love this! It will be perfect for teaching summarizing! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  4. Love love this, thank you so much for sharing!!

    Ms. G In Grade 3

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  6. This looks great! I teach 3rd grade too. Stop on by.

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  7. I love this. It says I have to be a premium subscriber to Scribd to print/download though :(


  8. I can't access this because I am not a Premium Scribd member. :( Please help, my class needs this tool! :)

  9. I'm finally getting all of my Scribd links updated. This is now on Dropbox. Which is free. Hopefully forever!


  10. Did you make this in Publisher? Where did you find all the cute fonts?

    1. Hi Loni,
      I made it in Photoshop. You can find many cute free fonts for personal use on

  11. SWBST is awesome for teaching summarizing!! I just did my annual observation lesson on this strategy and my principal was intrigued. It was new to HIM! My students GOT it. Great poster! K