Story Retell Summarizing and Sequencing Elementary Print and Go

Amy Haselden
Grade Levels
K - 2nd
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This Print and Go resource focuses on retelling a story, summarizing, main idea, details, sequencing, reading comprehension and context clues-all in one! Summarizing a paragraph can be a difficult concept for beginning readers and students who have difficulty with receptive and expressive language skills. Their comprehension of the story can be missing or mixed up. They may often have difficulty putting the story in order due to the inability to sequence. This 23 useable page (print and go) activity addresses comprehension, giving details, sequencing, retelling, and creating a title for a paragraph. These skills are imperative for critical thinking skills and analysis of reading material.

This activity begins with a short paragraph to be read aloud for the student or for the student to read. After listening to or reading the paragraph, the student will cut out three main details of the paragraph and glue them in the correct sequence in the designated squares. After gluing them in the correct squares, the student will then write one sentence that summarizes the paragraph and the three pictures in his/her own words. This will also help the student determine the main idea and create a title for the paragraph.

Sample IEP Objectives that fit this activity;

After listening to or reading a paragraph, Student will correctly sequence three associated pictures with % accuracy or ___ trials as measured by documented observation.

After reading or listening to a paragraph and sequencing related pictures, Student will write a sentence in her own words that summarizes the paragraph with % accuracy or __/___ trials as measured by documented observation.

After reading or listening to a paragraph, Student will formulate a title that best describes the story with % accuracy or _/_ trials as measured by documented observation.

By date, Student will determine the main idea of a paragraph by determining a suitable title for the paragraph with % accuracy or _/_ trials as measured by documented observation.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.
Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.


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