Main Idea Task Cards
If you love my Unsolved Mysteries task cards, then you will love this unit! This unit is high interest, full of super fun topics to keep your students engaged, while learning the most important comprehension skill: main idea.
Newly updated for the 2019-2020 school year! Answer key and a rubric are included. :)
These topics are super fun! This is one of my students' favorite lessons. It's engaging and the kids love it. Great way to teach the main idea without boring the kids to death. :)
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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.
There are 8 different cards. Each card has a color picture. You can pick which answer sheet format fits your needs.
There are 5 mini-lessons with paragraphs about interesting topics. Then, there are 8 main idea cards with color pictures. They are: A Dangerous Dinner Decision, Tiny but Deadly, North Yargas Road, Belcher's Sea Snake, Beautiful but Deadly, Extreme Tornado, Hippo Madness, and King Sized Danger.
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 to death. My motivation was to create a resource that would both entertain and teach them. I noticed most of my kids are into the World's Deadliest section of our library. That gave me the idea!
I start the main idea unit by doing one guided lesson at the beginning of literacy, everyday for 5 days. I never go over 10 minutes. My goal is for the short repetition to become a part of their long term memory. Also, I think the first 5 minutes you have the best attention from your class. After the first week, I introduce the topics and explain the literacy center. I use it as independent practice. While I am working with reading groups, they can do the main idea center. They work at their pace throughout the week. At the end of the week, they turn in what they finished and I give them a grade according to the rubric. Then, the next week, I pull the kids who didn’t quite grasp main idea. I then use the same cards as a skill lesson with just the kids who need it. They are already familiar with the text, so this gives them confidence in group. So, I actually use this lesson for 3 weeks.
By the intermediate grades, many struggling students have been in intervention groups and have had the same lessons over and over. Hopefully this is something that is new and different and will stick with those struggling students!