Summarizing Lesson Plans with Activities

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3rd - 4th
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I loved the layout of this resource! Made teaching the standard of summarizing painless and prep free! The students responded really well to all of the graphic organizers! Thank you so much!
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A week's worth of engaging lesson plans to teach students how to summarize a text and then write a strong summary paragraph. These lesson plans are designed to be low prep for the teacher, but keep your kids engaged and challenged the entire week!

There is a whole group and a small group lesson for each day so that you can differentiate and reach each learner.

All the materials are provided, besides books. All the lessons are engaging, low prep, and rigorous for your upper elementary students.

Why these lessons?

Engagement- I saw that my students needed more engagement and relation to their real-life in order to fully understand the skills, so I created these lessons to keep kids excited and involved the whole time.

Tiered Approach- We start with a real-life lesson, then practice as a whole group, work in a small group, work in partners, and finally work alone. We start with support on the skill and slowly take it away to really push the kiddos.

Rigor- The lessons keep kids thinking the entire time and push them to reach their potential.

Low-Prep- These lessons just need to be printed, copied, and they are ready to go! Most activities require little work beforehand for the teacher which makes a teachers busy life easier!

The lessons include:

Monday- Whole group lesson that focuses on learning about problem and solution. Using an anchor chart to teach Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then. Then, read "My Rotten Redheaded Brother" by Patricia Pollaco, do discussion questions, and write a summary.

Tuesday- Watch a Pixar video to do a small substitute, read "The Man Who Walked Between the Towers" by Mordicai Gersten (or any other picture book you want to use), do a visualizing/summarizing activity, then learn a summarizing song.

Wednesday- Look at summarizing notes and teach students how to turn it into a paragraph. Then, put students in groups to do a reader's theatre. They will put the reader's theatre on for the other students and then summarize each others plays!

Thursday- Students will look at the hardest time of their life and write a quick summary paragraph about it. Then, the students will read a book off of EPIC in pairs and create a summarizing poster.

Friday- Students will write a summary with pictures. Then, you will read "Larf" by Ashley Spires (which can be found on EPIC for free), do discussion questions, and write summaries. Using an anchor chart you will teach students how to give constructive feedback and they will give feedback to each other on their paragraphs. Then, give the assessment.

There is one small group lesson per day. You can do this with every group or just do the lessons you think the groups need. You differentiate them by what books you choose.

Monday: Students will get many different cards. They will mix them up and put them together to make summaries.

Tuesday: Students will read a story called "The Move" that is provided. Then, they will use many different colors to find the parts of the summary.

Wednesday: The students will read a story called, "The Show" that is provided. Together you will work on writing a paragraph.

Thursday: Students will read a leveled reader of choice and each person will have a role. Their role will help create the summary.

Friday: Students will read a leveled reader that you provide and write summary paragraphs and use constructive feedback on each others.

What are others saying?!

Jessica W.- "These activities worked GREAT for whole group and small group! They are fun and meaningful, and really helped students understand how to summarize. Thank you!"

Shannon K.- "My students had a great time with these activities and it made my planning so much easier! Thanks for great resources!"

Erika B.- "I love how this includes everything I need, and the activities are engaging! Thank you!"

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39 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.


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