Main Idea Category Cards

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3rd - 6th
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8 pages
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Crazy fun for the whole class!

This category game is a fun and helpful way to get students thinking in broad terms about main idea and supporting details.

Effective, enjoyable and easy-to-use, it helps ingrain the big picture (metacognitive) structure of an important reading and writing strategy.

It is also useful in improving verbal communication skills, allowing students to organize thoughts and speak for a few brief moments in front of an audience in a really fun, non-threatening exercise.

112 categories and complete instructions for easy classroom use are included.

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8 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.


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