Main Idea for 4th and 5th Grades - Main Idea Activities - Main Idea Task Cards

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This resource was very helpful. I loved how there were both passages with multiple choice and short answers.
I loved the variety of ways to practice determining and supporting main idea. The topics were engaging for students.
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Finding the main idea can be so challenging for students! This Main Idea, Supporting Details, and Summary Unit can make it so much easier! The print and digital unit has everything you need, from reading comprehension passages to games, task cards, and graphic organizers! This unit has a variety of materials with high-interest passages and fun activities that will help your students master the concept of finding the main idea using informational text.

It includes: Print and Digital Versions

3 Main Idea, Supporting Details and Summary Passages (double-sided):

Mt. Rushmore

Transcontinental Railroad

Disneyland’s First Day

3 Main Idea Passages (double-sided worksheets) with Multiple Choice Questions:

Bald Eagles

Hammerhead Sharks

The Pyramids

3 Main Idea Matching Worksheets:


Amelia Earhart

The Revolutionary War

32 Main Idea Task Cards (plus student record sheet)

Main Idea Bag Activity with Picture Cards

Main Idea Sorting Game (40 cards)

9 Graphic Organizers

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Teacher Notes

SAVE MORE and GET MORE with the Reading Bundle for 4th and 5th Grade!!! (Click Here) It has 10 key reading units that cover many 4th and 5th reading standards!

Here are the units included in the Reading Bundle for 4th and 5th Grade!

Main Idea

Characters, Settings, and Events: Story Elements

Compare and Contrast

Elements of Poetry, Drama, and Prose

Text Evidence

Inferences Using Informational Text

Inferences Using Literature


Cause and Effect

Informational Text Structures

Why you'll love this resource:

  • It includes main idea passages, some requiring short answers and others with multiple choice answers.
  • This unit also includes a digital version for Google Classroom!
  • There are a variety of formats included, from passages, games, task cards, activities, graphic organizers, and more!
  • The passages are high-interest ones your students will enjoy, like Disneyland's First Day!
  • The printables are low prep for busy teachers!
  • It's easy to plan and assign for distance learning.
  • It may be used in a number of ways, from guided reading, to reader's workshop, independent work, literacy centers, exit slips, homework, whole-class games, test prep, and more!!!

Need Main Idea for third grade? This set has the same task cards and graphic organizers but different passages.

Main Idea 3rd Grade

Want more main idea activities? This one has 5 leveled passages (3 levels for each), 3 games, and 3 sets of task cards:

Main Idea Kit for 3rd - 5th Grades

Looking for completely digital Main Idea units for Google Classroom? These have original content and are interactive with moveable pieces:

3rd Grade Digital Reading Unit: Main Idea for Google Slides™

4th Grade Digital Reading Unit: Main Idea for Google Slides™

5th Grade Digital Reading Unit: Main Idea for Google Slides

Also, I do want to suggest a great set of reading games that would go well with this reading unit. There is a game for EACH READING STANDARD!!! It comes in a set of 10 for fiction, a set of 10 for nonfiction, or a bundle of 20 reading games specifically for 4th and 5th grades!

10 Fiction Reading Games

10 Nonfiction Reading Games

20 Reading Games Bundle

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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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