Summarizing Task Cards | Print or Google Slides | Reading Strategy

Summarizing Task Cards | Print or Google Slides | Reading Strategy

It can be used by 3rd-6th grade, Homeschool students.

Includes: PDF, PDF 13, (24 task cards and slides), + blackline versions

Each of these 24 Summary Task cards (and Google Slides) contains a nonfiction paragraph and clickable links that take you to the Google Slides version. Students are asked to summarize the paragraph in twelve words or less.

Summarizing can be made easier by focusing on one paragraph at a given time. The word count limit will prevent students from rewriting every paragraph. It is important to remind students that they must complete the sentence. The word limit was not used to limit answers to long sentences. You will also find an answer sheet and a sample key.


  • Directions and suggestions
  • 24 Printable Task Card Colors
  • 24 Printable Task cards Black Line
  • 2 Challenge Cards and Cover Cards
  • Student Answer Sheets
  • Answer Keys
  • Printable Summary Poster in Color and Black and White


  • Google Slides Option 24 Task cards with text boxes that allow you to write each summary.
  • Clickable LinksAudio VersionsYou can delete them quickly if students don’t want access to your files!
  • TpT Easel Activity (for a short answer)

Summarizing is a complex skill so I included a SUM poster and card. You can also print the blackline versions of these cards on colored paper.

Teachers have spoken out about this resource.

After reading the directions on the card carefully, the student asked “What?” There are only 12 words! How do I do that? The same student comments after completing the card: “Wow! This forces you to think more about what is most important. Your brain is your best friend! Translation Translation?-Madeline Herrera.

After downloading your free ‘Task Card Handbook,’ I was inspired to use task cards. My students now prefer task cards to practice skills on work sheets. These stories can be used to get at the main idea. It was initially difficult to write only 12 words but students eventually got it down. The students were moved from one place to the next. I then placed the cards on the wall and asked them to finish the week. Fantastic resource! Great activities!-Lenore S.

This was the lesson I planned and taught to my TPA. It went well. I taught a whole unit about the theme of stories, both short and long. Many thanks!-Janet A.

Common Core Standards are addressed in this set

CCSS.ELA.Literacy.RI.4.2 and RI.5.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy

RI.6.2 Define a central idea and the way it is communicated through particular details. Give a summary that is separate from personal opinions or judgements.

About the Author

Rachel Lynette wrote these passages. Rachel Lynette is a published author of more than 120 nonfiction books on children’s topics. I also have several teacher resource books. I have written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. These passages are a result of more than ten years of professional writing experience.

Terms and Conditions

Rachel Lynette, Minds in Bloom INC. created this resource. All rights are reserved. The original purchaser may use it for a single class. Teachers can distribute the product via email, Google Classroom or the Internet to their students (and their parents), provided that the site is password-protected. You may give it to your students, but not on the Internet. Additional licenses can be purchased from TpT to allow you to share this resource among colleagues. These terms and conditions are appreciated. :

This product is happy brought to you by Rachel Lynette, Cassi Noack of Minds In Bloom



You must identify the central idea of a text, and then show how it is communicated through specific details. Provide a summary of that text apart from your personal opinions or judgments.


Find two or more main ideas from a text, and then explain how they are supported with key details.


The main idea of a book is to identify the author.


The main idea of a book is to identify the author.

Includes Google Apps™According to the Teacher-Author, this resource contains assets from Google Workspace (e.g. docs, slides, etc.. Easel ActivityThis interactive activity is ready to use and students can complete it on any device. You can use Easel from TpT for free! Find out more.


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