This Main Idea, Supporting Details, and Summary Packet for 3rd Grade is a 40 page set of worksheets, games, task cards and graphic organizers to help your students master the concept of finding the main idea using informational text. This unit is specifically created to target 3rd grade Common Core standards. An added bonus is that it is engaging and full of activities your students will enjoy!
5 Different Main Idea and Supporting Detail Graphic Organizers
Main Idea Matching Game (40 cards and key)
32 Main Idea Task Cards (plus student worksheet and key)
Main Idea Bag Activity (and key)
3 Main Idea Matching Worksheets:
George Washington Carver
3 Main Idea, Supporting Details and Summary Worksheets (Double Sided plus keys):
The History of Football
This set allows students to practice the difficult concept of main idea in a variety of formats:
I really like the graphic organizers because they can be used with any reading material you have on hand in the classroom, whether it is the student basal, a social studies or science book, or a Time for Kids/Scholastic magazine. With five different kinds of organizers, the students have a variety of ways to present material, while working on the same reading strategy.
The Main Idea Matching Game has ten cards with main ideas on them and thirty cards that are supporting details. These colorful cards can be laminated and used in a center or you could make multiple sets and have the kids play them in small groups.
The Task Cards have bright graphics and colors to catch the eye and interesting topics that kids will want to read. Some of the topics include the invention of potato chips, koala bears, volcanoes and more. Task cards can be used as a center activity, as homework, or as a rotating activity.
Want a hands-on student lesson? Use the Main Idea Bag Activity and gather materials for different bags. Students look at the items and determine the bag’s main idea. This is actually a great way to start the unit. For example, if a bag had a scarf, carrot, mittens and a baggie of charcoal, kids might guess that the main idea was “Making a Snowman”.
The Main Idea worksheets and the Main Idea, Supporting Details and Summary Worksheets take kid friendly topics and directly target common core standards to give your kids the practice they need to become better readers.
If you're looking for more Common Core materials for third graders, please check these out:
Close Reading Using Informational Text
Task Cards: Close Reading Questions for Teachers
Inferences Using Informational Text
Inferences Using Literature
Opinion Piece - Persuasive Writing: Common Core
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