Flipping for Fall with Strega Nona


Welcome to the Flipping for Fall blog hop!  I have teamed up with many of my literacy friends to bring you some of the best resources to use for comprehension strategies for autumn.

Growing up in Louisiana, we didn't see the trees change the gorgeous colors of fall like we do here in Virginia.  I love, love, love to see the trees in all their glory as I drive down the road or look out in my yard.  The mountains are beautiful this time of year!

Summarizing
Summarizing is tricky for many children.  They always want to retell what they have heard or read.  The idea behind summarizing is to make it short and sweet.  One or two sentences is all you really need to get the point across.  In fiction, it gets to the main idea of the story in an easy way.  I love using the book Strega Nona's Harvest this time of year to help students focus on summarizing.  The simple story line is perfect for children to work with.




Before working with this book, we worked on focusing on the main idea and summarizing with familiar fairy tales.  You can read that post {here}.

I then got the kids interested in the story by sharing some ideas in the book and giving some background knowledge.  We then created the foldable to be ready and thinking while I was reading because "reading is thinking" in my room!



While reading the book, my students listened to hear the answers to their questions.  After reading, we filled in the foldable to summarize the story.  Here are some examples as well as the finished product.



You can grab a copy by clicking {here} or on the picture below.



Did you catch my mystery word?  If not, it is autumn. Now it's time to hop to the next stop. Thanks for visiting today and be sure to come back soon!

And remember when you get to the end, you can enter to win a copy of each book in the hop!  Wow!  How awesome is that?!

Happy fall!

6 comments

  1. Thank you, Andrea. I'm from Louisiana, too. We would have to rake pine needles in our yard. I'm sure it's beautiful in Virginia. Thank you so much for sharing. Excellent job.

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    1. Ahhh...the pine needles! I don't miss those at all. The kids have really enjoyed jumping in leaves, even though I make them rake them all up. Enjoy the freebie!

      Andrea

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  2. I love using interactive notebooks, and these foldable organizers are just perfect! Thank you for a terrific resource!!

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    1. You are welcome! I hope they come in handy for you and your students!

      Andrea

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  3. I love the Strega Nona books, and this will work in well for future lessons. Thanks for joining in the hop at such a busy time.

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    1. It's funny because this is one you got for me at Ollie's! The kids loved the book, and I have fallen in love with Strega Nona too!

      Andrea

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