Paraphrasing and Plagiarism Activities


Instill the art of paraphrasing in young researchers to deter plagiarism. Many elementary students unknowingly duplicate text verbatim from their resources. They don’t realize it constitutes unethical research behavior – plagiarism. These paraphrasing and plagiarism activities help them understand the difference! 

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Before students can engage in paraphrasing during research, they must understand what it is. Often, the connection between paraphrasing and digital citizenship eludes them. These provided activities clearly link the two. These paraphrasing and plagiarism activities use student choice to keep them engaged!

Moreover, students require opportunities to refine their paraphrasing skills. Prior to employing these skills in research projects, they can hone them through the activities offered here. They can select from a variety of captivating subjects, delve into informative content, and practice articulating that research in their unique voice.

💜 You are going to love how these paraphrasing and plagiarism activities – they masterfully scaffold understanding of paraphrasing in research, imparting both the skill and its crucial significance.

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Standards based lesson that walks you through teaching your students about paraphrasing. Standards are listed below.

Additional notes to help you facilitate the activities while meeting your students’ needs. 

2 Note taking sheets for you to choose from based on your school’s resources. These sheets help students capture important information about paraphrasing and plagiarism. One includes QR Codes linked to videos that teach them about paraphrasing & plagiarism. The other guides students through capturing important information about paraphrasing and plagiarism while watching videos in BrainPOP; if you have a subscription.

Paraphrasing & plagiarism Y-Charts. These are great to check students’ comprehension of ethical research practices. 

Paraphrasing word scramble. Students unscramble the words in the word bank to write the definition of paraphrasing. They can also cut and paste the words! 

6 Paraphrasing practice sheets. Use these in a gradual release model to demonstrate for students how to paraphrase and then give them opportunities to practice. They can also be used to give students choice in topics. Topics include BigFoot, Unicorns, Lochness Monster, and Zombies. 


This activity addresses the following standards:


  • Ethically using and reproducing others’ work. 
  • Acknowledging authorship and demonstrating respect for the intellectual property of others. 
  • Including elements in personal-knowledge products that allow others to credit content appropriately.


  • Use public domain or creative commons media, and refrain from copying or using material created by others without permission.


  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.


  •  Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.