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Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Workbook
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Week 5 of this independent study packet for third graders offers a stack of at-home learning opportunities in the subject areas of reading, writing, and math.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Kindergarten Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Week 3 of this independent study packet for kindergarteners features targeted practice opportunities in reading, writing, and math.
Kindergarten
Social emotional
Workbook
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Designed by teachers, this independent study packet offers Week 3 of reading, writing, math, social studies and science activities for fourth graders.
4th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How?
Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How?
Lesson Plan
Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How?
Do you have students who are constantly asking what, who, where, why, how, and when? It's your turn to ask now! Have them read various stories and ask them to answer these questions in this lesson.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Read and Retell a Classic Story
Read and Retell a Classic Story
Lesson Plan
Read and Retell a Classic Story
Your students will enjoy reading the classic story “The Ugly Duckling,” written about a very lovable duck! This reading lesson also includes a fun partner activity to help your students practice comprehension.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The Three Little Pigs
The Three Little Pigs
Worksheet
The Three Little Pigs
Read this charmingly illustrated story of "The Three Little Pigs" then use the finger puppets to retell it!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Write a Simple Summary
Write a Simple Summary
Worksheet
Write a Simple Summary
Teach your students to write a simple summary using an easy-to-follow set of keywords.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Simple Summaries
Simple Summaries
Lesson Plan
Simple Summaries
Keep it simple! Teach your students to write a summary using the Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then frame for analyzing a story.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Short and Sweet Summaries
Short and Sweet Summaries
Worksheet
Short and Sweet Summaries
Use this resource with your students to practice writing concise fiction summaries.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Crab that Played with the Sea
The Crab that Played with the Sea
Worksheet
The Crab that Played with the Sea
Introduce your little reader to some classic childhood literature, with Rudyard Kipling's charming story "The Crab That Played with the Sea."
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: Map That Story!
Reading Comprehension: Map That Story!
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: Map That Story!
Help students build key reading comprehension skills by creating a story map for a book that they read. Students practice retelling, identifying characters, and making connections.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Five Finger Story Sequencing
Five Finger Story Sequencing
Worksheet
Five Finger Story Sequencing
Make sequencing stories more interesting than just beginning, middle, and end! This "handy" graphic organizer can be used with all fiction to help set up a concise but thorough summary using a five finger strategy.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Order in the Room!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Order in the Room!
Lesson Plan
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Order in the Room!
Combine letter recognition and movement with this reading-focused lesson! In this lesson, students will reenact the story "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" while learning to recognize lowercase letters.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The Little Red Hen
The Little Red Hen
Worksheet
The Little Red Hen
Read this classic children's story — then stage a stick puppet performance of it!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Comparing Stories
Comparing Stories
Guided Lesson
Comparing Stories
Students will start to build their reading comprehension and story recognition abilities with this stories lesson.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Retelling with Paragraph Frames
Retelling with Paragraph Frames
Lesson Plan
Retelling with Paragraph Frames
Help your EL students retell a story using a paragraph frame and transition words. This lesson can be used as a stand alone activity to reinforce comprehension of texts or used as a support lesson for Read and Retell a Classic.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Tortoise and Hare: Story Ordering
Tortoise and Hare: Story Ordering
Game
Tortoise and Hare: Story Ordering
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
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
The Ants and the Grasshopper
The Ants and the Grasshopper
Worksheet
The Ants and the Grasshopper
Read Aesop's classic fable, then answer a few reading comprehension questions.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Ant and Grasshopper: Story Ordering
Ant and Grasshopper: Story Ordering
Game
Ant and Grasshopper: Story Ordering
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game
Can Giraffes Dance?
Can Giraffes Dance?
Lesson Plan
Can Giraffes Dance?
Get students moving with this fun activity! After reading a story about a giraffe trying to dance, students will come up with their own dances for the giraffe to do—all while practicing using adjectives!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Setting, Characters, and Events in Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Setting, Characters, and Events in Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Lesson Plan
Setting, Characters, and Events in Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Your kids will love learning about setting, characters and events as they listen to a classic tale and play a simple game. This lesson helps students improve their reading comprehension skills while they have fun.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
The Rainbow Fish
The Rainbow Fish
Lesson Plan
The Rainbow Fish
In this literacy lesson, students have the chance to explore feelings using The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. They will role-play, answer comprehension questions, and create a craft!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The House that Jack Built
The House that Jack Built
Worksheet
The House that Jack Built
Read this nursery rhyme classic, then answer a reading comprehension question.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Summarizing Fiction Texts

These resources will help your child by identifying the relevant information in fiction texts and using that information to summarize the story as a whole. These skills improve your child's reading comprehension and prepare them for research papers later on. Get them started on non-fiction text with these non-fiction text resources too.

The Sum of Its Parts: Summarization Resources

A concise summary of works of fiction and other reading materials signal that a student fully understands the what they've read. Learning to summarize strengthens comprehension and improves thinking skills. The Learning Library offers popular worksheets, extensive lesson plans, pragmatic hands-on activities and a selection of highly-rated printable workbooks all created by professional teachers.

An added bonus of summarization practice is that the process introduces children to new topics through reading. For example, some of the complete lesson plans include a look at Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner.” Kids will dissect the lyrics and learn the context the song’s history to uncover the meaning behind the patriotic anthem. Some other popular lesson plans on summary include an examination of “Bud, Not Buddy,” a book on the Great Depression. Convenient printable worksheets offer practical paraphrasing challenges as well as teach kids the difference between the big picture and smaller themes.

Workbooks offer more exhaustive lessons. Today, excellent cinema and in-depth dramatic television series display exceptional forms of storytelling. They challenge viewers to perceive and interpret context clues, symbols, camera angles, and other film techniques. “The Magic and Moving Pictures” workbook introduces fifth-graders to early film. The tricky trivia, mind-bending puzzles, craft-making assignments serve as an introduction to critique and will get young learners’ gears turning as they look beyond the surface of what’s on screen. Other comprehensive workbooks include an investigation of Rudyard Kipling’s famous folktales (“The Jungle Book”), a look at legendary myths such as Bigfoot and Nessie with “Creepy Creatures,” among other crowd-pleasers.