These cards are great for being able to meet the needs of all your students in the classroom. They are also fun and motivational to students who need a little extra push. Typical worksheets don’t build dendrites in our brain but fun hands on, engaging lessons do…so it’s critical as teachers we respond to how our student’s brains work. Here are 12 short passages and 12 pictures. Use them as an opener to a lesson on main idea, a review on main idea and/or supplemental work.
Here is how I have used them in the past- I start with the picture cards, showing the teacher modeled one on the projector. I ask students to look at the card and think about what the main idea might be. Most of the time they give me details vs. the main idea. We discuss how all of the details put together make up the main idea (ie. Man pushing the wheelbarrow, construction men putting the boards together, etc.) We talk about how all of these things represent the main idea of a park being built.
After I model, I hand out the picture cards to groups of students. They look at the picture, discuss with their partner/table group what they think the main idea is and then write it on the answer sheet. I then have the students rotate the cards and they do this until they have completed all 12. We then go over them together. Students love this!
I then do the same thing with the main idea paragraphs the next day.
Students much rather work with task cards like these than with worksheets. They are quick, easy and motivational!