Are you looking for more ways to integrate writing into your content areas? Look no further than sticky note summaries! This strategy allows students to narrow down their summaries from a lot to a concise and precise summary.
This strategy is great for reviewing what students have learned after a unit or as a way to find out what students know before getting started on a unit.
Sticky Note Summaries Materials
- Index card sized or half page sized sticky notes
- Regular sized sticky notes
- Small page marker sized sticky notes
Sticky Note Summaries Process
- Each student is given one sticky note of each size
- You give a topic
- You give think time
- Starting with the largest sticky note students write down everything they know about the topic trying their best to fill up their large sticky note
- Students share what they wrote on their large sticky note
- Moving to the regular sized sticky note students write as much as they can fit, in normal sized handwriting, about the topic again editing what they feel they no longer need from the largest sticky note
- Students share what they wrote on their regular sticky note
- Finally, students write their best summary of the topic on the smallest sticky note being sure to include all important information
- Students share their summaries
Tips for Sticky Note Summaries
I like to tell students that their final summary should include everything someone needs to know about a topic without adding so many details that it gets confusing.
Modeling using regularly sized handwriting across all three sticky notes using a different topic is helpful in showing students the expectations ahead of time.
For more ways to integrate writing into content areas check out this post.
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