Fiction Reading Crafts: Retelling, Sequencing and Summarizing Fiction Activities

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Raise the Bar Reading
Grade Levels
2nd - 5th
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I like to do these crafts after a mini lesson. Students love to make them. These look great on the wall.
This was a great "hands on" activity for my students for reading and writing. We kept them in our folder to refer to as needed. It helped throughout the year.
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Teaching students to sequence and summarize stories is crucial to their reading comprehension of fiction texts. These reading crafts are fresh, hands on and unique fiction activities for supporting students in breaking down sequencing and summarizing key events. It is an alternative to reading response that will help you to reach all learners in your classroom.

These summarizing and sequencing activities require little to no prep, and the only materials needed are scissors and glue (word rings needed for the "key" events ring craft).


8 Sequencing and Summarizing Crafts:

  • Sequencing Movie Reel: Students illustrate and describe 5 key events in the story in the order that they happened. A large (full page) and small (2/page) movie reel options are included, as well as options for illustrations and descriptions or illustrations only.
  • Film Strip Lift the Flap: This craft is similar to the craft above, but is a one page only option.
  • Timeline Lift the Flap: Students record events from the story in a book shaped timeline. They illustrate the important events on the front of the flap and describe it on the back page.
  • Summarizing Bookworm: Students can record as many key events as they want on this bookworm craft. Each event is a segment they add to build their bookworm.
  • Lift the Flap Storyboard: Students create a storyboard of 6 or 12 scenes from the story, and describe each scene under their drawings.
  • 5 Finger Retell Book: Students fill in the palm of each hand to create a retell book. Options are included for students to fill in "First, Next, Then, After that, Finally" or "Characters, Setting, Beginning, Middle, End."
  • "Key" Events Key Ring: Students write events on each key. Keys number 1-9 are included, as well as a blank option with no number.
  • Somebody...Wanted...But...So...Then Lift the Flap: Students fill in the flaps to create a S.W.B.S.T. summary.
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