Pamela Haynes

Lane Community College

Low-Intermediate Reading Writing



#28 Health and Nutrition

(1)Interpret food-packaging labels



True Stories in the News by Sandra Heyer Teacher created materials



4.8.1 Demonstrate ability to work cooperatively with others as a member of a team

7.2.1 Identify and paraphrase pertinent information

7.2.3 Sorting and classifying items, information or ideas

7.4.3 Identify, utilize, or create devices or processes for remembering information



The following activity was used as an introduction to reading and interpreting food labels.


I began by reading aloud a story entitled "Dish Soap for Dinner" while the Ss followed along in their texts. Then I asked them to close their books. In pairs, I asked them to arrange from memory 10 3x5 cards with phrases and key words taken from the story.

When they were ready, they refered to the text to see if the sequence was correct.


For the next step, Ss retold the story to their partners using the cards as prompts. After each student had a chance to practice, I took away their cards and had them retell the story one last time.


In summary, I explained the importance of retelling as a tool for remembering what they read.




The students responded positively to this activity.

The story, "Dish Soap for Dinner", is humorous and is something that everyone could relate to. Also,they liked testing their memory and were pleased at how much of the story they could recall after only one reading.


The best part of the activity, completely unexpected, happened during the following class. For the benefit of a student who had been absent, I asked two volunteers to come to the front of the room and retell the story. After a consulting with each other, they began to tell the story. The rest of the class hung on their every word and if even the smallest detail was off, they'd correct the speakers. It became a group effort and was a lot of fun.