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Summarize It! Task Cards (Non-Fiction) | Print & Digital Google Slides + Audio

Practice summarizing nonfiction texts with 24 task cards in print or digital format. Includes differentiation options, audio support, and multiple versions of recording sheets. Suitable for 3rd to 6th grade. Check out the preview and save with a money-saving bundle. Great for developing reading comprehension skills.


24 task cards
PDF, Google Apps™
Answer Key Included

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Summarizing nonfiction texts can be so hard for students! Give them lots of practice with these 24 informational task cards! Use in a print or digital format!



  • 24 Task Cards (prints 4 to a page)
    • Black-line
    • Color
  • Recording Sheets
  • Answer Keys


  • Google Slides
  • ***Easel Activity (only available if you purchase on TPT)


  • Digital or Print
  • Challenge Cards to extend the lesson
  • Audio Support
  • Multiple versions of the recording sheet included

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


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This bundle includes these resources:

  • Making Predictions Task Cards
  • Questioning Task Cards
  • Visualizing Task Cards
  • Compare & Contrast Task Cards
  • Making Inferences Task Cards
  • Making Connections Task Cards
  • Author’s Purpose Task Cards

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

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 of limiting to one sentence to avoid long, run-on sentences as answers).

Teacher Tip

Here’s what teachers are saying:

✏️ “Student after reading the directions on the card, ‘What?! Only 12 words?! How can I do that?!’ A comment from the same student after completing card, ‘Wow! This makes you really think about what’s most important! You really have to use your brain!’ Translation? Success! -Madeline Herrera.

✏️ “After reading your free download ‘Task Card Handbook’, I was motivated to start using task cards. Now my students prefer using the task cards to practicing skills on work sheets. These non-fiction stories are perfect for getting at the main idea. Using only 12 words was difficult at first but then the students got into it. Tried moving the students from one seat to another and then posted the cards on the wall for them to finish by the end of the week. Great resource, great activities!” -Lenore S.

✏️ “I absolutely loved how this included audio support for my students who need text-to-speech. It made it very easy for them to do independently and also was user friendly.” -Courtney P.


  • Close Reading Passages and Questions
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Reading Responses Worksheets & Graphic Organizers

Common Core Standards:

  • 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 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


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  • About the Author

    These passages were written by me, Rachel Lynette. I am a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as 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 reflect more than a decade of professional writing experience.

    Terms of Use

    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.

    If you want to share this resource with colleagues, please purchase additional licenses from TpT. Thank you for respecting these terms of use.

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

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    54 reviews for Summarize It! Task Cards (Non-Fiction) | Print & Digital Google Slides + Audio

    1. Beth A.

      This really helped my students understand how to summarize. It’s broken down in a very logical manner, and it really helped with logistics.

    2. Annetta M.

      What a helpful tool to be able to help walk students through summarizing. Student’s love reading the cards and challenging each other for the best summaries.

    3. Math Blossoms

      These were an amazing way to review summarizing skills as we get closer to state exam testing. The audio option is awesome!

    4. Elaine P.

      This has been helpful in guiding my students through summarizing. This has helped my students determine main idea and distinguish between unimportant and important details.

    5. Tessa Reed

      Thank you for this resource. This is exactly what I was looking for. It kept my students engaged and interested in the lesson.

    6. Brady M.

      We have been doing a lot of summarizing using fictional texts. This has helped my students determine main idea and important details.

    7. Melissa L.

      These task cards were very helpful during out ELA centers. I used them in a small group during my formal observation and my administrator loved it.

    8. Alexa A.

      A great way for my students to practice summarizing independently! I really like that there is a word count bubble on the recording sheet!

    9. MICHELLE W.

      My students thoroughly enjoyed using these task cards to practice summarizing. I really liked that this activity helped my students stay concise with their summary instead of rewriting the text. The variety in the task cards were well-rounded and enjoyable for my students. The task cards are great for station, whole class, or partner work.

    10. Julie C.

      My students used this resource easily as they were family with this type of digital access. It supported their learning directly from the standards. Engaging and relevant.

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