This game is designed to introduce the idea of main idea to a whole group or could be used in centers. The cards will be sorted into 6 bags or small buckets ( the beach example is for the teacher to model). Students will work in a group to read the cards at that table and record what the main idea is. "These cards are all about sea animals!" The cards are all labeled with pictures so that readers and non readers can participate.
There is a recording sheet included at the end. Students will travel around to all six tables and record their main ideas. The class will discuss and compare answers after the activity.