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Grades 3-624 informational text (nonfiction) paragraphcards to summarize in twelve words or less!! Addresses CCSS.ELA.Literacy.RI.2! Great for test prep and fast finishers! Includes SUMmarize it poster

Each of these 24 Task Cards features a short, nonfiction paragraph. Students are challenged tosummarize the paragraph in just twelve words or less. By presenting only one paragraph at atime, 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 wantto remind students that they must answer with a complete sentence (the challenge was issued asa word count instead as limiting to one sentence to avoid long, run-on sentences as answers). Ananswer sheet is included as well as a sample answer key.Because summarizing is such a difficult skill, I have included a SUM card and poster that can beused as a summarizing reminder. In addition there are two challenge cards that can be used withany other card to extend the activity.These cards will look best in color, but will also print out fine in grayscale. Simply print and cutalong the guidelines. Laminate and use them again and again. Alternatively, you could print oncardstock. It works well to keep them in a baggie. Another option is to hole-punch a corner ofeach card and put them all on a ring.This resource address the following 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 asummary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.This resource was created by Rachel Lynette copyright 2012. Itmay be printed and photocopied for single classroom andpersonal use only and may not be sold or distributed in any form.Thank you for respecting the copyright.

horter than the textse your own wordsain ideas onlySummarize It created by Rachel Lynette Copyright 2012 all rights reservedhttp://www.rachel-lynette.com

Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.1Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.2What would it be like to have teeth like ashark? A shark can have up to 3,000teeth at one time. Shark teeth grow inrows, one behind another. Most sharkshave five rows of teeth. When a sharkloses a tooth, it is replaced by a toothfrom the row behind it. I don'tknow about you, but I am gladthat I don't have shark teeth!When Louis Braille was just three yearsold, he was in an accident that left himblind. When he was a teenager, Louiscreated a set of raised dots that blindpeople could use to read. In 1829, Louispublished the first book using hissystem of raised dots, which is calledthe Braille system and is stillused today.Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.3Even though Mars is our planetaryneighbor, Earth and Mars do not havemuch in common. Mars is smaller thanEarth and much, much colder. Not onlythat, the atmosphere on Mars is mostlycarbon dioxide, which is poisonous tohumans. There is also no water onMars. Would you want to visitMars?Summarize It! Task Cards created by Rachel Lynette Copyright 2012 all rights reserved4Mickey Mouse is much older than helooks! He was created by Walt Disney in1928. His first public appearance was ina black and white cartoon calledSteamboat Willy. At that time, mostcartoons were still silent. SteamboatWilly was one of the first cartoonswith sound.http://www.rachel-lynette.com

Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.5Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.6If you didn't have bones, you would bemore like a beanbag than a person.Your bones have two main purposes.First, they give your body structure soyou can stand and move. Second, theyprotect soft organs like your heart andyour lungs. When you grow up, yourbody will have 206 bones to dothese jobs.Dogs are not only good pets, they canalso help solve crimes! Police dogshave been trained to help policemenand women do their jobs. For example,since dogs are good at picking upscents, some dogs have been trained totrack criminals or missing people.They can also detect bombs andother explosives.Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.7Not every animal has eyes. Blind cavefish don't need eyes because they live intotal darkness. They live in lakes, pools,and rivers inside caves in CentralAmerica. Even though they cannot see,these small fish can detect light with agland in their bodies. A blind cavefish will swim away as soon as itdetects light.Summarize It! Task Cards created by Rachel Lynette Copyright 2012 all rights reserved8The tallest trees in the world are locatedin Northern California. Redwood treecan reach heights of 350 feet (107 m) ormore. That is about as tall as a 35 storybuilding! The trunks of these trees areso big that in some places, people havecarved tunnels through them bigenough to drive a car through!http://www.rachel-lynette.com

Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.9Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.10Unlike most other animals, snakes donot chew their food or even tear offmouth-sized chunks. Instead, they eattheir food whole, often while it is stillalive! Snakes can do this because thetwo parts of their jaws are notconnected at the back the way thatours are. This allows them to opentheir mouths very wide.Did you know that only one kind ofmammal is native to New Zealand? Untilpeople brought in other mammals, batswere the only mammals to inhabit theisland country. In addition to bats, NewZealand is home to several kinds oflizards and frogs, some very largeinsects, and many species ofbirds.Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.11The Nile River in Africa is the longestriver in the world. It is about 4,160 miles(6,670 km) long. The Nile River begins inLake Victoria and flows through severalcountries before emptying into theMediterranean Sea. The Nile River isan important source of water forthese countries.Summarize It! Task Cards created by Rachel Lynette Copyright 2012 all rights reserved12If you are in a desert during the day, youwill probably not see many animals, butthat doesn't mean they aren't there.Most desert animals protect themselvesfrom the hot sun by burrowing underground or hiding in the crevicesbetween rocks. When the sun goesdown, these animals will comeout to find food in the coolernight air.http://www.rachel-lynette.com

Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.13Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.14Capybaras are the largest rodents inthe world! A Capybara is about four feet(30 cm) long and can weigh up to 100pounds (50 kg). That makes it about thesize of a large dog. Capybaras are semiaquatic, which means they spend a lotof their time in the water. They canbe found in the swamps andmarshes of Central and SouthAmerica.The pictures on your computer screenare made from millions of tiny dots oflight called pixels. Each pixel containsthree colors: red, blue, and green.Together, these three colors make allthe other colors. The pixels arearranged in different ways to makethe pictures that you see on yourscreen.Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.15You probably know that seahorses arenot really horses. In fact, a seahorse is atype of fish. Unlike most other fish,seahorses are not good swimmers.Instead of swimming, they spend mostof their time anchored to sea grass orcoral by their tails. From this position,they can use their long snouts tosuck up plankton and other smallbits of food.Summarize It! Task Cards created by Rachel Lynette Copyright 2012 all rights reserved16In Mexico, people celebrate El Dia delos Muertos, or The Day of the Dead onNovember 1 and 2. The Day of the Deadis a time to remember and honorancestors who have died, but it is not asad holiday. Instead, there are manybright decorations, parties, andspecial treats to eat.http://www.rachel-lynette.com

Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.17Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.18In 1971, Commander David Scott did anexperiment on the Moon. He dropped ahammer and a feather at the same time.On Earth, the feather would fall moreslowly than the hammer because the airwould hold it up. However, there is noair on the Moon, so the two objectshit the ground at exactly thesame time!Snow Leopards live in the mountains ofCentral and South Asia. They have thickcoats to help keep them warm. Theyalso have long, bushy tails that theywrap around themselves when they aresleeping. In addition, snow leopardshave extra large lungs to help thembreathe the mountain air, whichdoes not have much oxygen.Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.19Galapagos penguins are the onlyspecies of penguin that live near theequator. They stay cool by swimming inthe cooler ocean currents during theday and returning to land only at nightwhen the sun has gone down.Galapagos penguins are only about18 inches (46 cm) tall, whichmakes them one of the smallerspecies of penguins.Summarize It! Task Cards created by Rachel Lynette Copyright 2012 all rights reserved20A football is sometimes called a pigskin.That is because footballs used to bemade from the bladders of pigs! Pigbladders can be blown up with air andare tough enough to handle beingkicked and thrown without breaking.Today's footballs are made fromrubber or cowhides.http://www.rachel-lynette.com

Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.21Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.22The Great Wall of China stretches about5,500 miles (8,850 km) from Beijing intoCentral China. Even though it is amagnificent accomplishment, it isimportant to remember that the GreatWall was built almost entirely by slavelabor. The wall is sometimes calledthe longest cemetery on Earthbecause over a million workersdied during its construction.In the 1940s American beavers werebrought to the island of Tierra del Fuegoin Argentina. The beavers were bred fortheir fur, but when the fur businessfailed, the beavers were released to runfree in the wild. By 1990, there wereover 100,000 beavers on the island!With no natural predators, thebeavers have been destroyingforests at a rapid rate.Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.Summarize this paragraph intwelve words or less.23Mangrove trees grow in estuarieswhere the fresh water from the mouth ofa river meets the salt water from theocean. Mangrove trees have strongroots that can withstand the changingtides. Their roots can also filter out thesalt in the water so it can used inthe plant.Summarize It! Task Cards created by Rachel Lynette Copyright 2012 all rights reserved24It is important to recycle paper, bottles,cans, and plastic containers instead ofthrowing them away. Recycling keepsgarbage out of landfills and saveselectricity because it takes lesselectricity to make products fromrecycled materials than it does fromscratch. Recycling just one sodacan saves enough electricity topower a light bulb for 4 hours.http://www.rachel-lynette.com

horter than the textse your own wordsain ideas onlyWhat is the main idea ofthe paragraph? Is themain idea different thanyour summary?Summarize It! Task Cards created by Rachel Lynette Copyright 2012 all rights reservedWhat is the mostinteresting thing youlearned from thisparagraph?http://www.rachel-lynette.com

NameUse this sheet to record your summaries. Put the number of words you used in the bubble at the end ofeach line. Remember, your summary must be twelve words or less!1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.10.11.12.Summarize It! Task Cards created by Rachel Lynette Copyright 2012 all rights reservedhttp://www.rachel-lynette.com

NameUse this sheet to record your summaries. Put the number of words you used in the bubble at the end ofeach line. Remember, your summary must be twelve words or less!13.14.15.16.17.18.19.20.21.22.23.24.Summarize It! Task Cards created by Rachel Lynette Copyright 2012 all rights reservedhttp://www.rachel-lynette.com

Here are some example summaries.1. Sharks have thousands of teeth that grow in rows.2. Louis Braille invented a system to help blind people read.3. Mars is a small, cold planet with poisonous air.4. Mickey Mouse first appeared in a black and white cartoon in 1928.5. Bones give your body structure and protect your internal organs.6. Police dogs have been trained to solve crimes by following scents.7. Blind cave fish do not have eyes because they live in darkness.8. Redwood trees in Northern California are the tallest trees in the world.9. Snakes can open their mouths very wide to swallow their food whole.10. Bats are the only mammals native to New Zealand.11. The Nile River in Africa is over 4,000 miles long.12. Many desert animals stay cool by burrowing underground during the day.Summarize It! Task Cards created by Rachel Lynette Copyright 2012 all rights reservedhttp://www.rachel-lynette.com

Here are some example summaries.13. The semi-aquatic capybara is the largest rodent in the world.14. Computer screens use millions of tiny pixels to make pictures.15. Seahorses attach themselves to sea grass or coral instead of swimming.16. The Mexican holiday of El Dia de los Muertos honors the dead.17. On the moon, there is no air to make a feather float.18. A snow leopard has thick fur and large lungs for cold weather.19. Galapagos penguins swim in the ocean to stay cool during the day.20. Footballs used to be made from pig bladders.21. Many people died while constructing the Great Wall of China.22. The beaver population is out of control on Tierra del Fuego.23. Mangrove trees have roots that help them survive in estuaries.24. Making products from recycled materials saves electricity.Summarize It! Task Cards created by Rachel Lynette Copyright 2012 all rights reservedhttp://www.rachel-lynette.com

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Mars. Would you want to visit Mars? 3 Summarize this paragraph in words or less. Mickey Mouse is much older than he looks! He was created by Walt Disney in 1928. His first public appearance was in a black and white cartoon called Steamboat Willy. At that time, most cartoons were still silen