Task Cards for Main Idea for 3rd - 5th Grade

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3rd, 4th, 5th
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These 32 Common Core Task Cards will help your students practice one of the key reading strategies: finding the main idea using informational text.

Each main idea task card has a short informational text passage and asks students to identify the main idea. The passages included are original pieces and were carefully crafted to be high interest and fun! Topics include how potato chips were invented, the Mt. St. Helen's Volcano, narwhals and more!

I do love task cards and think they are such a versatile tool for the classroom. You can use them in a literacy center, in small groups, or even individually. Another option is to use one card at a time with the whole class. I like to keep a stack of cards on my desk that go with whatever concept we're working on and pull a few of them out to do together whenever we have a few extra minutes.

My favorite way to use task cards though, is to use them as a rotational activity. Simply print out the record sheet for each child and station the cards at different places around the room. You can call "Scoot" after a few minutes and kids rotate to the next station. Or depending upon the class, you can let the kids rotate to any card that's open. I love to send them on this "scavenger hunt" in buddies because I like to hear the kids collaborating on their answers. Kids love the movement too and it's always neat to see them really enjoying an activity and learning at the same time.

The task cards can be printed in color or grayscale and can be laminated and used again and again. Baggies are great to store them in or you could hole punch each card's corner and put them all on a ring. A plastic shoebox with dividers works really well to keep them organized.

***Please note: This task card set is also included in my Main Idea, Supporting Details and Summary Units:

Main Ideas, Supporting Details and Summary for Third Grade

Main Ideas, Supporting Details and Summary for 4th and 5th Grades

If you're looking for more Common Core Task Cards, please check these out:

Task Cards for Inferences Using Informational Text: Common Core 4th and 5th

Task Cards for Inferences Using Literature: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade

Task Cards for Text Evidence Using Informational Text: Common Core

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Jenn
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Task Cards for Main Idea for 3rd - 5th Grade
Task Cards for Main Idea for 3rd - 5th Grade
Task Cards for Main Idea for 3rd - 5th Grade
Task Cards for Main Idea for 3rd - 5th Grade