…that question was asked many times this morning as the students came in and saw a big stack of hula hoops!
My reply – “We are using them in reading” – was met with lots of confused faces.
The very next exclamation was “We’re using HULA HOOPS in READING?!?!??!”
That’s exactly what we did! Today in reading we learnt how to summarise a text, and the hula hoops formed a physical graphic organiser to organise our thinking.
Each hula hoop was matched with a word.
The words were “Somebody” “Wanted” “But” and “So”.
First we read Little Red and the Wolf from www.childrenspoetryarchive.com
Next we used the hula hoops to summarise the text. One person stood in each hoop and together we summarised the story.
In the “Somebody” hoop, we say who the main character is.
In the “Wanted” hoop, we talk about what they want or what they are trying to do.
In the “But” hoop, we briefly explain the ‘problem‘ – what gets in the way.
In the “So” hoop, we wrap up the story and talk about the resolution of the story.
Here’s an example…………
Little Red and the Wolf
“SOMEBODY, the wolf…..WANTED a decent meal and ate Grandma. He still wanted more so he tried to trick Little Red…..BUT Little Red doesn’t fall for the trick….SO she shoots him and makes a coat from his fur.”
Then we split into groups and each read a story. Using the hoops and working together as a team, we summarised the story in just a few sentences! After we had a turn as a group, one by one we walked through the hoops to do our own summary of the story.
Here’s what we learnt:
A summary is short and only tells the most important things.
It should be in your own words.
We don’t have to tell every single detail.
If a person heard or read your summary, they should be able to understand exactly what the story was about.
A summary is shorter than the text you are summarising.
Can you summarise your favourite book or movie using the ‘somebody’, ‘wanted’, ‘but’ and ‘so’ structure?