Main Idea: 4th and 5th Grade

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4th, 5th
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This Main Idea, Supporting Detail, and Summary Packet is a set of worksheets, games, task cards and graphic organizers to help your students master the concept of finding the main idea, using informational text. It is Common Core created for fourth and fifth graders and targets RI 4.2 and RI 5.2.Best of all, it uses passages and activities that your kids will enjoy!

It includes:

5 Different Main Idea and Supporting Detail Graphic Organizers

Main Idea Matching Game (40 cards and key)

32 Main Idea Task Cards (plus student record sheet and key)

Main Idea Bag Activity (and key)

3 Main Idea Matching Worksheets: Panda Bears, Amelia Earhart, and The Revolutionary War

3 Main Idea, Supporting Details and Summary Worksheets (Double Sided plus keys): Mt. Rushmore, Transcontinental Railroad, and Disneyland’s First Day

This set allows students to practice the difficult concept of main idea in a variety of formats:

The graphic organizers in this set 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, which match the main ideas.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. You can also use these cards in a whole class activity. For example, if you have an extra five to ten minutes to kill, grab a card and read it to the class. Then have kids brainstorm the right main idea.

The Task Cards included have a short informational text passage with 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. The task cards can be used as a center activity, as homework, or as a rotating activity, where kids go from station to station reading and recording their answers on the student record sheet.

Want a hands on student lesson? This is actually a great way to start the unit. Use the Main Idea Bag Activity and gather materials for different bags. Students look at the items and determine the bag’s main idea. 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.

I am so excited to be able to use these fun activities in my classroom and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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