Main Idea Task Cards - Short Nonfiction Passages with Graphic Organizers

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These high interest reading task cards will help your students have fun while they practice identifying the main idea of nonfiction passages! This set includes 20 short reading comprehension passages and includes main idea graphic organizers and comprehension questions for each task card. These task cards make it easy to scaffold your instruction and help your students feel comfortable identifying the main idea of each task card. 

I know how hard it can be to find fun and engaging reading material that also helps your students master the reading standards. Which is why I created this set of task card. Each task card is written with a clear main idea so you can be confident your students will get plenty of practice with that skill. 

→→→Be sure to check out the preview for a sneak peak inside this resource.

BOTH YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS WILL LOVE THEM...

Your students will love these task cards. The reading passages aren’t too long so your students won’t get burnt out or tired from a super long passage. And not only are the topics interesting and engaging, but students will have a choice in how they respond. 

You’ll love these task cards because prep is quick and easy... Just choose the option of task card you want to use, print, and you’re ready for some quick practice on identifying main idea. 

TONS OF WAYS TO USE THEM IN YOUR CLASSROOM...

  • Use in a literacy center or as part of your independent practice. 
  • Use the task cards as part of your small group lessons.
  • Use as part of your warm-up or as a bellringer. 
  • Use as part of your morning routine or for homework. 
  • Use as a quick assessment at the end of your lesson or unit on text structure
  • Use for ANY NONFICTION instruction - while these task cards are perfect for text structure, you can also use them to teach a variety of informational comprehension skills.

HERE'S WHAT YOU GET...

This resource includes 20 main idea task cards. Each task card contains a short nonfiction reading passage (half a page) and is written with a clear main idea. This set also includes a variety of response options (graphic organizers and comprehension questions) so you can find the exact format that will work for your students' needs.

Option 1: Just the Reading Passages

  • You can print the task cards with just the text. This is a great option if you want to use these informational reading passages to teach something other than main idea or if you plan on using them in a traditional task card way.
  • There are all three different student response sheets included that you can pair with the task cards.
  • There is also a digital version included created Google Slides

Option 2: Reading Passages with Graphic Organizers

  • This option needs to be printed front and back.
  • One one side students have the reading passage (same as option 1), and on the back there is a graphic organizer that supports students identifying the main idea.
  • There is also a digital version included created Google Slides

Option 3: Reading Passages and Comprehension Questions

  • This option needs to be printed front and back.
  • One side students have the reading passage (same as option 1), and on the other side there is a set of text-based comprehension questions and a space for a sticky note so they can "stop-and-jot" while they read the text.
  • This is a great option if you want students to identify the main idea on their own and respond to the comprehension questions.
  • There is also a digital version included created Google Slides

*Each option also includes a digital version created using Google Slides so you can use this resource no matter what your teaching situation looks like.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE THESE RESOURCES...

→If you LOVE using task cards during your reading block, be sure to check outTHIS BUNDLE of reading task cards. You’ll get task cards for every reading skill. 

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Total Pages
80+
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

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