This is a game I call "First to 4." I have struggled to get my second graders to understand the difference between topic and main idea. Moreover, I have struggled to get them to understand that details need to match/support the main idea. They can usually figure out the main idea on their own, but when they have to reverse the skill and match the details to the main idea it describes, they've struggled. Thus, the invention of this game. I am always trying to think up new games to keep them excited about a topic that I know has been a struggle for them. I also like a game that gives them all an equal chance of success, so everyone feels confident and just enjoys the game. They love super heroes, and the teacher I co-teach with is obsessed with Spiderman. They beg to play this game still (after 4 months) when they get done early with an assignment in class. I have a hard time telling them no when they’re begging to practice reading skills. I have added super heroes to this set since they keep asking for new ones to review the skill with. They have grasped the difference between topic and main idea and that details need to match and describe the main idea much more deeply after a few times playing this game!
Super Heroes Games included are: Spiderman, Batman, Superman, The Flash, and Captain America
**Each Super Hero is its own game or center. Spiderman, Batman, and Superman are for up to 5 players, and The Flash and Captain America are for up to 4 players.
*If you didn't want to play it as a game, you could play it as a matching game during a center instead and just check their answers when they're done.