This activity includes 24 cards, each with a 2-paragraph informational text on one side and two main idea questions on the other. It was developed for students making the transition from "finding the main idea in the paragraph" to "understanding the main idea as the actual message of the paragraph".
The cards are arranged into six different themes: "The Amazing Amazon", "Definitely Dinosaurs!", "Travel By Air", "Sunken Ships", "Electric Creatures" and "The Biggest Ever". Each theme has a reference card containing vocabulary definitions and small illustrations. Also included: an answer key, a student response sheet, and a student instruction card (if used as a center).
This is actually the third of a set of three activities, each with an increasing level of difficulty; the first set is "Understanding the Main Idea" and the second is "Mastering Main Idea".