Constructing Summaries Room Transformation
The first classroom transformation of the year is officially in the books! It was successful and lots of fun for not only the kids, but for me!
We've been learning about main idea and writing summaries. This is by far one of the hardest standards in 5th grade because they have to be able to identify multiple main ideas, when most of the students struggle just identifying one. So when it gets tough, find a way to make it highly engaging!
I had this idea to make a construction theme because I teach finding main idea and writing summaries through the house graphic organizer. It all just flowed from there!
Here's all the details of what I did:
The Set Up
This doesn't take much time to set up at all! I put the desks into groups of 4. This year I had 2 students left out so I had them join groups with no problem. I cut up the job cards (explained later) and put 1 in each apron. I fold the aprons up so when students grab them to put them on, they have a random job and there's no arguing. I then print out all of my materials and put them on clipboards so each person had the materials they needed for their job. This isn't required but it just helps keep everything organized throughout the day. Then, I just hang my decorations that I want to use and done!
Each student is in a group of 4 and they all have a job. The jobs allows students to have an important role in making sure the summary is constructed correctly. This also makes sure everyone is involved and there are no slackers in the group.
Then, the students put everything together on a graphic organizer. This allows them to be able to see what needs to be included in the summary which is the final product.
Anytime we do anything with main idea or summaries now, all I have to do is remind them of our construction zone and they now have something to think refer back to.