50 Cent Summary

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.

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