Summarizing Nonfiction Texts

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Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Get 5 more days of activities with Week 2 of this independent study packet for fifth graders.
5th grade
Science
Workbook
Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
Lesson Plan
Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have A Dream
Use this lesson to show your students that dreams can become reality with dedication and determination. This lesson will teach them about a man who made his dream come true by standing firm in front of the most challenging obstacles.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Activity
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Children research and make a timeline of an inspiring woman in this biography activity.
2nd grade
Social studies
Activity
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
Lesson Plan
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
Understanding the big idea of a nonfiction text and being able to write a succinct summary are key fourth grade skills. This lesson focuses on summarizing a nonfiction passage in three to four sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The Impact of Westward Expansion
The Impact of Westward Expansion
Lesson Plan
The Impact of Westward Expansion
How did westward expansion impact people living in the United States? Use this history lesson to give students an overview of the people and events involved. Then help them reflect on multiple perspectives in an informational paragraph.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Amazing Animals Adaptations!
Amazing Animals Adaptations!
Lesson Plan
Amazing Animals Adaptations!
Students put their knowledge of animal adaptations to the test when they create a new creature with its own unique set of adaptations!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Determining the Theme of a Poem
Determining the Theme of a Poem
Lesson Plan
Determining the Theme of a Poem
Give your class a deeper understanding of theme with this art and poetry-focused lesson plan about theme. By the end of the lesson, students will understand what theme is and how to determine theme in a piece of writing, such as a poem.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
American Revolution
American Revolution
Workbook
American Revolution
Don't tread, but do read up on exciting history! Your child can flex his learning with trivia, games and reading passages all about the American Revolution.
5th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
Lesson Plan
Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
Look at history! In this lesson, guide students through an exploration of the context, causes, and effects of the Transcontinental Railroad, and help them practice identifying the main idea and supporting details in a nonfiction text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Aquatic Biomes
Aquatic Biomes
Workbook
Aquatic Biomes
Dive into earth and life science with this book on aquatic biomes. Research reefs, learn wetland animals, and explore the squishy world of swamps in this book about these wet and wild ecosystems.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
Sum It Up: Introduction to Writing Summaries
Sum It Up: Introduction to Writing Summaries
Lesson Plan
Sum It Up: Introduction to Writing Summaries
Students are often taught that written pieces should be long and detailed, but this isn't the case when it comes to summaries. This lesson gives students the chance to practice keeping summaries concise in a fun and engaging way.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Diving into Earth's Oceans
Diving into Earth's Oceans
Lesson Plan
Diving into Earth's Oceans
Get your students excited about geography with a lesson on Earth's oceans. After reading two different texts, they'll be ready to dive right into ocean paragraph writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Help learners gear up for a new year with this Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3, complete with 5 days of activities in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Terrestrial Biomes
Terrestrial Biomes
Workbook
Terrestrial Biomes
A biome is a community of plants and animals that occupies a distinct region. In this great introductory overview, we explore the vocabulary, flora, and fauna of the world's biomes: tundra, taiga, grasslands, deciduous forest, chaparral, desert, savanna,
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
National Treasures: People, Places, and Things
National Treasures: People, Places, and Things
Workbook
National Treasures: People, Places, and Things
United States symbols include songs, buildings, documents and people. This introduction to the Constitution and national treasures keeps learning fun and manageable for your young citizens.
4th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Focus on Founding Fathers
Focus on Founding Fathers
Lesson Plan
Focus on Founding Fathers
This lesson will allow students to explore the backgrounds and contributions of the Founding Fathers by completing an online scavenger hunt and writing a basic biography.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
What’s the (Main) Topic?
What’s the (Main) Topic?
Lesson Plan
What’s the (Main) Topic?
Teach your students how to identify the main topic using story cards and an interactive read aloud in this engaging lesson.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Paraphrase the Declaration of Independence
Paraphrase the Declaration of Independence
Worksheet
Paraphrase the Declaration of Independence
Unwind the complicated language of the Declaration of Independence with this paraphrasing activity!
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Summarizing Nonfiction
Summarizing Nonfiction
Lesson Plan
Summarizing Nonfiction
Use this lesson to help your ELs summarize information from a text and use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. This lesson can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the Day 4 section of the Star Unit lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
Lesson Plan
Researching and Writing about Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was an influential black man in U.S. history. In this lesson, the historical context is set for students so that they can conduct their own research on Frederick Douglass, using a graphic organizer and multiple sources, before writing an informational essay on him. Ideal for fourth and fifth grade students, this lesson plan not only gives students practice in research and essay-writing skills, it also has them exploring a fascinating part of our country's history.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
Lesson Plan
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
Understanding the big idea of a nonfiction text and being able to write a succinct summary are key fourth grade skills. This lesson focuses on summarizing a nonfiction passage in 3-4 sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Lights, Camera, Action: Making Movies
Lights, Camera, Action: Making Movies
Workbook
Lights, Camera, Action: Making Movies
Hands-on movie activities bring to life vocabulary and reading comprehension.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Writing a Nonfiction Summary: Sharks
Writing a Nonfiction Summary: Sharks
Worksheet
Writing a Nonfiction Summary: Sharks
Use this resource to read a nonfiction passage about sharks and write a summary.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Gross Symbiosis
Gross Symbiosis
Workbook
Gross Symbiosis
Nature documentaries might make the animal world seem graceful, but it's actually pretty gross! Explore all the icky, sticky and smelly things animals do to help each other survive in the wild.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
Mythological Creature: Vampire
Mythological Creature: Vampire
Lesson Plan
Mythological Creature: Vampire
Bram Stoker's Dracula has inspired feelings of fear and morbid curiosity for over a century. With this lesson plan, your students will get a taste of the literary work while learning about the myth behind vampires.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan

Summarizing Nonfiction Texts

Throughout a child’s academic career they will come in contact with nonfiction texts. Summarization is a surefire way to know if a student understands what they read. The Learning Library provides an eclectic mix of tools and intriguing readings to practice summarizing. Whether pinpointing small details or understanding the big picture, the accessible Learning Library is stocked with resources for mastering summarization.

Sum It Up: Summarizing Nonfiction Texts Resources

Summarization is the process of shorting a text and identifying its main points. In most academic subjects, students have to read textbooks and supplementary material, which makes summarization a critical skill. The Learning Library’s resources on summarizing nonfiction texts run the gamut from hands-on activities to detailed lesson plans.

As soon as students reach reading age, they begin practicing summarizing and continue to hone that skill throughout elementary school. There is a robust mix of printable worksheets that teach first graders how to find and record important facts in a text or how to determine what an unfamiliar word may mean. As students get older, they learn how to summarize texts with complicated language such as the Paraphrase the Declaration of Independence.

For a broader look at summarization of nonfiction, the fifth grade workbook Lights, Camera, Action: Making Movies brings reading to life by having students act out provided scripts. The American Revolution book teaches U.S. history with specific summarization lessons on historical documents.

There are over 50 other curated tools that are easy to access from the Learning Library. Students will be able to sum it up in no time.