Central Idea Task Cards


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These 64 task cards help students identify the central idea in both fiction and nonfiction paragraphs. Perfect for upper elementary, there are a total of 64 central idea cards.


⭐ 32 central idea cards, each with a paragraph and 4 answer choices. Sixteen fiction cards and sixteen informational cards are included. These cards are perfect after students have had exposure to identifying the central idea without answer choices. Use in learning stations or games of scoot. Use for a quick assessment. Half the cards are fiction, and half are informational.

⭐ 32 open-ended central idea cards. Answer choices are not given. Students find the main idea in an open-ended format. The paragraphs on these cards are the same as those on the multiple choice cards. The opened-ended cards are great for RtI or other small group instruction.

Displayable answer keys, together with answer recording sheets, are included for both sets of cards.

Why Teachers Love These

❤️ There are a LOT of these cards, too many to complete in one period. You can use them over a period of time.

❤️ Half the paragraphs are fiction, and half are informational. Great to use while studying specific genres.

❤️Great for small group instruction or small group remediation.


Other reading comprehension resources:

Story Elements

Text Connections - Paired Reading Selections

Fiction Comprehension Question Cards

Nonfiction Comprehension Question Cards

Central Idea Task Cards in both Objective and Open-Ended format

Sequence Task Cards in both Objective and Open-Ended format

Author’s Purpose Task Cards in both Objective and Open-Ended format

Inference Story Cards

Cause and Effect Task Cards with Quiz

The Bundle is available here.


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Happy Teaching!

Rose Kasper

Total Pages
64 task cards, plus answer keys and answer recording sheets
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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