Story Summary Reading Center for 4th and 5th Grades

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Summarizing a story can be challenging, but this print and digital game will help your students identify good summaries!


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Whether you’re looking for a Story Summary Reading Center or need an easy-to-use but effective reading activity for partner practice, independent work, whole-class games, spiral review, or test prep, this Story Summary Reading Center has you covered.


Engaging and Effective: Reinforce summarizing reading skills by asking students to determine the best story summary for each mini-story using interactive practice that captivates your students.


Flexible Learning Options: With print, Google Forms, and interactive PDFs, you’ll enjoy the freedom to choose the best option for your classroom – no matter what the world throws at you!


➡️ ➡️ ➡️ The self-grading Google Forms are hassle-free and provide valuable data, while the interactive PDFs can be used on any device, even offline! And let’s not forget the timeless appeal of hands-on printable reading games and task cards for partner or small group work.




32 Story Summary Task Cards

Google Forms (4 smaller sets for easier assigning)

PDF Interactive Digital Game (4 smaller sets for easier assigning)

Two Tic-Tac-Toe Game Boards (color and black and white)

Tic-Tac-Toe Markers

Record Sheet

Answer Key

Center Directions for Students (Includes an editable version too)

Teacher Notes PDF with LINKS

Getting Started Guide for How to Assign Interactive PDF Games





❤️ Why You’ll Love This Resource: ❤️


Comprehensive Coverage: Aligned to cover the story summary reading skill, this reading center ensures your students receive consistent practice with this reading standard in a less overwhelming format than lengthy passages and assignments.


Game Format: The hands-on tic-tac-toe game, plus Google Forms, and Interactive PDF formats, keep students engaged and excited about learning.


Teacher-Friendly Features: The Google Forms are NO PREP and self-grading, providing you with instant data. The interactive PDF version is also NO PREP, self-checking, and offers immediate feedback to students. The print version’s multiple-choice format makes grading a breeze. Plus, editable directions allow you to customize gameplay according to your preferences.


Routine, Routine, Routine: Using the Story Summary Reading Center, as well as the other centers included in the YEARLONG BUNDLE offers a two-fold benefit. As a teacher, building a reading center planning routine will save you hours upon hours of lesson planning time. No more searching for standards and skill-aligned resources. You’ll have everything you need in one convenient folder on your computer.


For students, building a reading center routine helps reinforce expectations and keep students engaged and on task while you meet with small groups to provide targeted differentiation and instruction.



This resource targets the following:

  • Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text. RL 4.2
  • Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. RL 5.2


This Story Summary
Center is also included in the Reading Centers Fiction Bundle for 4th/5th Grades

Compare and Contrast 
Themes of Stories 
Themes in Drama and Poetry 
Character Traits 
Story Summary
Questions from the Text
Context Clues 
Point of View 
Elements of Poetry, Drama, and Prose 



Want to take a look at the Nonfiction Reading Centers Bndle?
Main Idea
Informational Text Structure 
Paired Text 
Cause and Effect 
Compare and Contrast Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts 
Questions from the Text 
Reading with Charts and More 
Text Evidence 
Vocabulary (Context Clues) 


On the fence? Check out the amazing quality of our Reading Centers by trying our FREE Main Idea Reading Game, available in print, Google Forms, and Interactive PDF formats!


Looking for a 3rd grade bundle? We’ve got you covered! Check out the 3rd Grade Yearlong Reading Centers Bundle!


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Remember, this resource should only be placed on password-protected websites like Google Classroom™ or SeeSaw and not made available on public platforms or district servers.


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