These 32 Main Idea Task Cards will help your students practice finding the main idea using informational text. Each task card has high interest, short informational text passage and asks students to identify the main idea. 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 reading strategy task cards, please check these out:
Task Cards for Inferences Using Informational Text: 4th and 5th Grade
Task Cards for Inferences Using Literature for 4th and 5th Grade
Task Cards for Text Evidence Using Informational Text for 4th and 5th Grade
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