Barb Wollack, a literacy consultant, shared this strategy which combines literacy and math. She uses nickels and calls it a 50 cent summary, but depending on the money skills of your students you can change it to a 10 cent, $1.00, or $2.50 summary.
Materials needed: 10 coins, all the same, for each student. You can use pennies, nickels, dimes, or quarters.
Procedure: After reading a book, students get 10 coins to spend on making a summary of the story. Students push (or pull) a coin from their collection as they say each word of their summary. (“The kids helped Dad clean the house.” will cost 7 coins.) Students then determine how much money they spent making their summary. They can also write a subtraction problem to show how much money they have left.