Innovative program for 3rd graders to improve their abilities to “retell and summarize text”. After a book is read aloud to a class, students will be given something (a bit) as a reminder of the story. Using this bit, they then have to think about how it represents the story and in so doing, start to retell the story in their minds. They will then take the bit home and share the story with a parent. Finally, each child will be required to write a summary of the story in a journal. This program was piloted last year with very positive results.