Main Idea Games!

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3rd - 4th
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  1. Main idea is something necessary to work on regardless of whether you're an SLP, a general education teacher, a special education teacher, or another type of educator. All students can use more practice in identifying the main idea, and the activities in this bundle will help them do just that--prac
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Build your students' skills in identifying the main idea with these three games and accompanying review worksheets. All three games have students practicing how to find the main idea, but each game works in a different way. All games incorporate visual and auditory skills--and fun!

NOTE: This product is included in my Main Idea Bundle. If you have already purchased or plan to purchase the bundle, then do not purchase this product.


What awesome games and resources are included?

★ Visual to assist

★ Main Idea Matching Game: Each card has a paragraph or a main idea. Print, cut, and glue cards onto index cards, card stock, or construction paper and laminate. Students will use these cards in a memory matching game. They must match the paragraph to the corresponding main idea. The student that locates the most matches is the winner!

★ Main Idea BINGO: Print and laminate the BINGO cards for each student. Then, print and cut the passage cards. Read aloud or have students read each passage card. They must listen and locate the main idea on their BINGO board. Keep going until a student gets five in a row!

★ Main Idea Jeopardy: Print and laminate the Jeopardy board. Print and laminate the “candy cover tokens.” Use the candy tokens or BINGO chips to cover up when a point value has been used. Print and laminate the task cards. You can keep them in piles by color to help locate them when students request them. Students can take turns picking a “color” category and a point value. Locate the corresponding task card. Students must express the main idea in order to receive the points. You can keep track of points on a separate paper or board. As students respond students on both teams can complete the “note-taking sheet with the main idea answer.” Students can go back and forth picking and responding until all cards are used (or time runs out). Once the game is completed, you can challenge your students (wager points, bonus points, etc.) to see if they can use their note-taking sheet to guess the main ideas of each “color” category.

★ Review worksheets: One worksheet contains two paragraphs, and students must identify the main idea from the choices provided. The second worksheet requires students to write the main ideas on the lines provided based on the paragraphs read.

Many students struggle with reading comprehension strategies, such as man idea, due to their underlying language weaknesses (lexical and syntactical). SLPs can assist students by addressing these areas which will then assist them with their reading comprehension. (Nippold, 2017).


What are other customers saying about this product?

"I used this with kids who were struggling and it helped to get them on track."

"This is a nice 'grab and go' activity for my lower-functioning small groups. They really love the format :)"

"This is so useful for my secondary speech and language students. They have really been enjoying it. Thank you."


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