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Somebody Wanted But So A reading summary strategy Karin Sedivy Rebecca Shafer Keith Knight

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Somebody Wanted But So Provides a framework for students to summarize stories Helps students identify key aspects of stories Allows for different perspectives by choosing a different “somebody”

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SWBS Somebody – main characters Wanted – main ideas But – conflict So – resolutions

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Summary of "Three Little Pigs" Somebody WantedButSo WolfTo eat the pig Wolf The pig was in his straw house The pig was in his stick house The pig was in his brick house Wolf blew it in and ate the pig Wolf could not blow it in so went down the chimney into the pot THEN

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Summary of "Three Little Pigs" (alternate perspective) Somebody WantedButSo First PigTo be safe from wolf Second Pig Third Pig Pig built his house from straw Pig built his house from sticks Pig built his house from bricks, and put pot under chimney Wolf blew it in and ate the pig Wolf could not blow house in so went down the chimney into the pot THEN

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Example: Vince’s Problem Vince was making a toy clock to give to his sister for her birthday. He used a dinner plate to draw a circle on a piece of wood and cut out the circle using his father’s jig saw. He now wants to find the centre of the circle so that he can attach the hands of the clock. He remembered hearing somewhere that this could be done using a right angle but he couldn’t remember how this was done. Can you help him find a way? New Zealand Math www.nzmaths.co.ns/PS/L%/Geogetry?Vince’sProblem.aspx

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Example: Vince’s Problem From the text: Somebody WantedButSo VinceTo make a clock To find the center of the circle Vince He needs to attach the hands He can’t remember how He needs to find the center We’ll help him

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Example: Vince’s Problem From the solution: Somebody WantedButSo WeTo draw two diameters of a circle To find the center of the circle We We need a right angle to find the diameters Two diameters would cross at the center We’ll use a right angle to find two diameters The center is where the two diameters cross To use a right angle WeWe don’t have a protractor We’ll use the corner of a piece of paper

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Example: Vince’s Problem Solution: Take a large piece of paper with a right angle in the corner. Put the corner on the edge of the circle and mark where the two edges of the paper meet the circle. If these marks are joined the line passes through the centre of the circle. If this process is repeated after putting the corner of the paper on another place on the edge of the circle, another line passing through the centre can be drawn. These lines cross at the centre.

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A Math Word Problem… Concept: Finding Unit Cost to Compare Price Problem: Sarah wanted to buy her first cell phone but there were two wireless providers to choose from. Super-cell offers a phone plan that includes 250 base minutes for $24.99 a month. Easy-Phone has a plan that includes 325 base minutes for $34.99 a month. Which is the better buy?

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Summary of “Sarah and her cell phone" Somebody WantedButSo SarahTo buy a cell phone There were two wireless providers to choose from Sarah found the unit cost for each provider and compared to find the better buy

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Summary of “Sarah and her cell phone" Super Cell: Easy-Phone: Which is the better buy?

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Alternate Summary of “Sarah and her cell phone" Somebody WantedButSo SarahTo find the better buy Super-Cell: 250 min. for $24.99 a month Easy-Phone: 325 min. for $34.99 a month and Which is the better buy?

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A Word Problem… Concept: Writing Equations in Slope Intercept Form Problem: Tom works as a water delivery person, and earns $210 per week. He also earns 20% commission on any sale he makes. Find the equation that relates total earnings (t) to sales (s) so Tom is able to calculate his weekly salary.

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Summary of “Sarah and her cell phone" Somebody WantedButSo TomTo be able to calculate his weekly salary Tom needed to find a relationship between total earnings (t) and sales (s) Tom determined with no sales: t = 210 and with sales: t = 210 + 0.2s Relationship between total earnings and sales: t = 0.2s + 210

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Let's Debrief! We liked this strategy. Although it is easier to apply to Reading/LA, it can be adapted for math. – Somebody – What does the problem say? – Wanted – What do we need to find to solve the problem – But – What information does the problem actually give me (But I only know ….”) – So – This is what I need to do to solve the problem

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What do you think?

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The End…

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