Teaching Resource

#SUMitUP Summary Activity

PDF, Google Slides | 10 pages|Grades: 4 - 6

Summarize fictional text through this whole-class station activity.

This fun activity is best used when practicing how to write a summary for a fictional text. 

Students will pretend they have been hired on as a social media specialist with SUMitUP, a successful global media company. Their new role involves reading pieces of text and posting catchy summaries on one of SUMitUP’s social media platforms. The goal is to get as many followers as possible interested in reading the original text!

 Students will be rotating through a series of stations. At each station, they will be reading a short piece of text and writing a 2-3 sentence summary that is less than 50 words. Finally, they will make a hashtag for each summary. The hashtag needs to be one of the big ideas from the text.

Practice Summarizing a Fictional Text

Use this resource in your reading center, as a guided reading activity, or a whole class station exercise to practice summarizing a fictional text.

Each card contains a short reading passage in which students will read and summarize.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access.

To turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity, print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse.

Because this activity includes an answer sheet, we recommend first printing one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank recording sheets for students to complete.

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Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download.

This resource was created by Jennifer Hall, a teacher in North Carolina and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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