ELA Skill: Summarizing

story pryamidSTORY PYRAMIDS
Skill: summarizing

Story summaries take shape with these nifty projects! At the conclusion of an independent reading book, give each student a 12-inch white construction paper square, scissors, and access to a stapler. Each student will also need crayons or markers. Use the directions below to help each student make a story pyramid. Stand the completed pyramids on a table for all to enjoy.

To make one pyramid:

Fold the paper in half diagonally. Then fold it in half again. Unfold the paper.
Trace the fold lines to make four triangle-shaped sections.
Write the title and author’s name at the bottom of one section. Write “Beginning” above them.
Turn the paper clockwise. At the bottom of the next section, write “Middle.” Turn the paper again and then label the next section “End.”
For each part of the story, illustrate the corresponding section. Summarize the story events along the sides of the section as shown.
Cut along one side of the blank section up to the center of the square.
Tuck the resulting flap under the section beside it, creasing the fold lines as needed to form a pyramid. Staple the flap in place.

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About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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