Winter Holiday Summarizing Task Cards FREEBIE - Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa

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Rachel Lynette
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3rd - 6th, Homeschool
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20 Task Cards + Digital Versions
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This set of winter holiday summarizing task cards includes ten cards for Christmas, five for Hanukkah, and five for Kwanzaa. The cards are about cultural traditions and practices, so they will work in a public school setting.



  • 20 Task Cards (prints 4 to a page)
    • Black-line
    • Color
  • Recording Sheets
  • Answer Keys
  • Anchor Chart
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    • Color
  • Student Reference Cards
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    • Color


  • Google Slides
  • Easel Activity


  • Digital or Print
  • 3 Challenge Cards to extend the lesson

Great for 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade! 

NOTE: This resource uses American English and is not editable. 

The first ten cards are informational text (nonfiction) while the last ten are fictional. A two-page student answer sheet is provided. Print it double-sided, or just use one or the other if you want to focus on either informational or fiction text. There is also a suggested answer key.

The card challenge students to summarize the paragraph in just 12 words or less. By presenting only one paragraph at a time, the often overwhelming task of summarizing becomes much more manageable. In addition, the word count limit will keep students from simply rewriting the entire paragraph. You may want to remind students that they must answer with a complete sentence (the challenge was issued as a word count instead as limiting to one sentence to avoid long, run-on sentences as answers). You may want to allow 15 words for students who are struggling with 12.

Teacher Tip

Here’s what teachers are saying:

✏️ "Love these task cards. I hang them on the lockers in the hallway and allow the students to cycle through them. It gets them out of their seats and they can move at thie rown pace with their partner." -Lauren A.

✏️ "I use this as stations in December for some great cultural learning and engaging activity when we are all a little "done." Well put together, with just the right amount of information. Love this resource." -Kristin V.

✏️ "I LOVED this resource. All it took was a brief introduction, reminder of how to summarize, one example together, and the students were on their own. They enjoyed the challenge of 12 words or less, and I was impressed with how well they worked around the room with the task cards." -Kaitlyn G.



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About the Author

Rachel Lynette is a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. She has written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. This resource reflects more than a decade of professional writing experience.

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This resource was created by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack for Minds in Bloom INC., all rights reserved. It may be used by the original purchaser for single class use only. Teachers may distribute this product in email, through google classroom or over the Internet to their students (and parents) as long as the site is password protected. In other words, you may distribute it to your own students, but may not put it on the Internet where it could be publicly found and downloaded. 

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This product is happily brought to you by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack of Minds in Bloom.

SKU: 422694

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20 Task Cards + Digital Versions
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