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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
Math
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
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
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
Math
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
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
Math
Lesson Plan
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
Summarizing Informational Texts: Graphic Organizer
Summarizing Informational Texts: Graphic Organizer
Worksheet
Summarizing Informational Texts: Graphic Organizer
Use this simple organizer to help students track and record key ideas when reading and summarizing nonfiction texts.
6th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Math
Lesson Plan
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
Math
Lesson Plan
Día de los Muertos: Traditions in History
Día de los Muertos: Traditions in History
Lesson Plan
Día de los Muertos: Traditions in History
Sugar skulls and fancy dress aren't all there is to the Day of the Dead. In this lesson students will learn about several societies that celebrate their dead, as well as some of the history behind the traditions of the Día de los Muertos.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
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
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
Math
Lesson Plan
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
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
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
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.
4th 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
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
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
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
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
Math
Lesson Plan
Presidential Pets
Presidential Pets
Lesson Plan
Presidential Pets
Holy cow! Did President George W. Bush really have a longhorn named Ofelia as a pet? Students learn about wacky White House pets in this fun research activity that includes “president interviews” and a pet choice writing page.
4th grade
Math
Lesson Plan
Writing a Nonfiction Summary: The Mysterious Squid
Writing a Nonfiction Summary: The Mysterious Squid
Worksheet
Writing a Nonfiction Summary: The Mysterious Squid
Learn about a mysterious sea creature as you pick out important information for a nonfiction summary.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Classifying Visual Text Features
Classifying Visual Text Features
Worksheet
Classifying Visual Text Features
Use this worksheet to give your students confidence in reading nonfiction texts by familiarizing them with visual elements like diagrams, photographs, illustrations, and charts.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet