I don't know about you, but I've noticed that it's really hard for students to tell the difference between main idea and theme! In fact, ask an adult, and they often get confused too! End the confusion with this set of task cards complete with two posters to help students understand the difference with ease. Lots of practice, plus fun pictures on each page is a recipe for success. To change-up the task card experience, I have made these task cards into strips. It's a small change meant to engage students who have used one shape of task cards for some time.
This resource addresses the following Common Core Standards in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades:
Task cards can be used in many different ways:
1. Centers and/or stations…since task cards can be done in any
order, they are easy to share.
2. In pairs or small groups
3. Whole class
a. Quick review before going home, or to specials
b. Teacher reads question, students write answers on white
c. Use as an assessment. Task cards don’t feel like a test, so
test phobic students are more relaxed.
4. Independent work at seats
5. Send home for homework as reinforcement for students
This resource includes:
Table of Contents
36 Task Card Strips
Students answer sheets (one for all 36 questions, one divided into 1-18, and the second 19-36)
Comments about this resource include:
I bought this to go with the powerpoint. It is a great review and my kids loved it.
Thank you for these awesome cards! They were perfect for helping students understand the difference between main idea and theme!
I love these. They are a great way to differentiate between main idea and topic. Awesome!!!!!
This is definitely a skill my kids need extra practice with, and this product was excellent for that purpose!
If you are interested in the PowePointother taken from this resource see:
Main Idea or Theme PowerPoint
About this Teacher Author
National Board Certified Teacher (2001-2011), Masters in Curriculum, Gifted Certified, Cobb County Elementary Teacher of the Year, Addison Elementary Teacher of the Year, Bullard Elementary Teacher of the Year, Atlanta Journal and Constitution Honor Teacher finalist ($5000 award), District 3 Georgia Science Teacher of the Year, Author of seven books published by The Child's World Press, Wrote online k-12 social studies and language arts curriculum for Coca Cola, curriculum writer for CNN, curriculum writer for American Legacy Publishers 2009-2014, 25 years teaching experience in grades 1st-4th.
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