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
Reading Response
Reading Response
Worksheet
Reading Response
Keep your budding reader organized with a reading response journal! Print out several of these response pages to create a homemade reading log.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: A Female Freedom Fighter
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: A Female Freedom Fighter
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: A Female Freedom Fighter
Use this resource to practice comparing and contrasting key points and details between two texts. Your students will complete a graphic organizer to record the important information from two historical texts on the same topic.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer: Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts
Graphic Organizer: Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer: Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts
Use this resource to practice comparing and contrasting key points and details between two texts. This graphic organizer will help your students organize the important information from two informational texts on the same topic.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Independent Reading Log
Independent Reading Log
Worksheet
Independent Reading Log
After independent reading, have students record and reflect. Young readers will demonstrate their ability to summarize and respond to their reading, and a log is a fun way for them to track their progress. Make copies of this log to use again and again!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Summary Template
Nonfiction Text Summary Template
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Summary Template
Provide your students support as they work on improving their reading comprehension skills by creating a nonfiction text summary.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
History of Photography Timeline
History of Photography Timeline
Worksheet
History of Photography Timeline
Your 4th grader can learn about the history of photography and you can test his reading comprehension with this fun history timeline!
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
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
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
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
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: What to Do with Waste
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: What to Do with Waste
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: What to Do with Waste
Use this resource to practice comparing and contrasting key points and details between two texts on the same topic.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: We Need Clean Water
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: We Need Clean Water
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: We Need Clean Water
Use this resource with your students to practice comparing and contrasting key points and details between two texts on the same topic. When integrating information from two texts on the same topic, your students’ knowledge will grow exponentially.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Make a Summary: Butterflies
Make a Summary: Butterflies
Worksheet
Make a Summary: Butterflies
Your students will work together to find new vocabulary words and create a short summary of a nonfiction text related to the butterfly life cycle. Use this worksheet as an introduction to the Create a Nonfiction Text Summary lesson plan.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Writing a Nonfiction Summary: The Mimic Octopus
Writing a Nonfiction Summary: The Mimic Octopus
Worksheet
Writing a Nonfiction Summary: The Mimic Octopus
Practice writing nonfiction summaries as you read and learn about an interesting ocean creature.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Main Topic Cards
Main Topic Cards
Worksheet
Main Topic Cards
This set of picture cards can help students to strengthen their reading comprehension skills by identifying the main topic and supporting details.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Historical Perspectives: Westward Expansion
Historical Perspectives: Westward Expansion
Worksheet
Historical Perspectives: Westward Expansion
Read about the westward expansion of the United States and respond to questions about the informational text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
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

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.