36 Main Idea Cards
High interest topics: football, music, make-up, cars, unusual animals, and more!
Task cards allow students to pick the topic they want to read about, which gives students buy in. I created these cards with that in mind. My students loved them, and I hope yours will too!
Common Core Standard:
English Language Arts Standards: Reading: Informational Text : Grade 5
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
This lesson is a main idea lesson with two parts: guided mini lessons and also an independent literacy center for practice. You can also use the literacy center for your reading intervention groups. I used it both as a center and as re-teaching main idea to my struggling readers.
You will get 36 main idea cards that have color pictures.
Main Idea Card Types:
Card sets one and two are explicit main ideas and the main idea is found in the first sentence.
Card sets three and four and implicit main ideas and the students have to use the details to come up with their own main idea. This incorporates the skill of drawing conclusions.
Card set five is explicit main idea and the main idea can be found in the first or the last sentence.
Card set six is explicit main idea and the main idea can be found in the last sentence.
There are six themes, with six topics in each. The topics were selected to be high-interest topics for boys and girls in grades 3 through six. The topic and picture will grab their interest; and learning will follow. When I created these I created them because the resources I had were boring my students. My motivation was to create a resource that would both entertain and teach them.
Included are 36 task cards, 5 main idea worksheets that go with the mini-lessons, and an answer sheet for the task cards. You have 3 different options for answer sheets: one full page with room for answers to 6 cards, one that is a half sheet, and a full page with room for answers to 1 card.
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