Test Prep Paragraph Structure Topic Sentences and Main Idea and Details

Test Prep Paragraph Structure Topic Sentences and Main Idea and Details
Test Prep Paragraph Structure Topic Sentences and Main Idea and Details
Test Prep Paragraph Structure Topic Sentences and Main Idea and Details
Test Prep Paragraph Structure Topic Sentences and Main Idea and Details
Test Prep Paragraph Structure Topic Sentences and Main Idea and Details
Test Prep Paragraph Structure Topic Sentences and Main Idea and Details
Test Prep Paragraph Structure Topic Sentences and Main Idea and Details
Test Prep Paragraph Structure Topic Sentences and Main Idea and Details
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Test Prep Activity Bundle including paragraph structure, topic sentences, and main idea and supporting details. Feel free to use these resources as you prepare your students for a big test or simply use them as a way to improve your students’ reading and writing skills. Read the descriptions of each of the three products for more details.

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Paragraph Structure Task Cards (25-pages)
The purpose of this activity is to help your students understand the proper order of sentences in a paragraph through the use of task cards. It’s also intended to help your students understand the importance of the order of sentences when writing informational paragraphs.

Included in this resource is:
- Teacher Tips (2-pages)
- 20 Paragraph Task Cards & Answer Keys (20-pages)
- Paragraph Answer Card (1-page)
- Student Tracking Chart (1-page)
- Paragraph Certificates (1-page; 2 certificates)

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Each “Paragraph Task Card” contains the general topic and six sentences. Students are asked to read each of the sentences and decide the order that would make the paragraph make the most sense. They then will cut and paste the order of the sentences onto their “Paragraph Answer Card”. As an extra challenge to the activity, there may be 1-2 sentences that do not belong (or fit) into the paragraph. These will also be cut and pasted onto their “Paragraph Answer Card”.

The 20 Informational Paragraphs Include:
- The African Elephant
- The Puffin
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa
- The Loch Ness Monster
- The Great Wall of China
- The Aztecs
- The Planet Saturn
- The Starfish
- The Skunk
- Crayola Crayons
- Harriet Tubman
- Amazon Rainforest
- The Woolly Mammoth
- Pufferfish
- The Great Barrier Reef
- The Nile River
- Ladybugs
- The Mona Lisa
- The Saguaro Cactus
- Triceratops

Paragraph Task Cards

Topic Sentence Task Cards (25-pages)
The purpose of this activity is to help your students understand how to identify the topic sentence of a paragraph through the use of task cards. It’s also intended to help your students understand how to write topic sentences when writing an informational paragraph.

Included in this resource is:
- Teacher Tips (2-pages)
- 20 Topic Sentence Task Cards (10-pages; 2 per page)
- 20 Topic Sentence Task Cards Answer Key (10-pages; 2 per page)
- Topic Sentence Challenge Cards (1-page; 4 per page)
- Topic Sentence Certificates (1-page; 2 certificates)
- Student Tracking Chart (1-page)

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There are 20 “Topic Sentence Task Cards” included in this activity. Answer keys are also included. Each page contains two cards- one task card for the student and one with the correct answer. Each student task card contains the general topic, a 4-5 sentence paragraph with the topic sentence missing, and three options for possible topic sentences. It is up to the student to decide which of the three sentences best fits the paragraph. After printing the cards off in color and cutting them up, you will need to decide how you want to use them in your classroom.

Prior to your students using these task cards, be sure they know what a topic sentence is. Basically, a topic sentence can be compared to the engine of a train. The topic sentence drives the rest of the paragraph just like an engine of a train. It may be helpful to do a couple practice examples with your students. To do this, find an interesting topic in a magazine or on the internet. Block out the topic sentence and then have students write down what the paragraph is about. You can have students partner up and have them write their own topic sentences for the example. After sharing their sentences, reveal the actual topic sentence from the example. This can be repeated as many times as needed.

The 20 Informational Paragraphs Include:
- The African Elephant
- The Puffin
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa
- The Loch Ness Monster
- The Great Wall of China
- The Aztecs
- The Planet Saturn
- The Starfish
- The Skunk
- Crayola Crayons
- Harriet Tubman
- Amazon Rainforest
- The Woolly Mammoth
- Pufferfish
- The Great Barrier Reef
- The Nile River
- Ladybugs
- The Mona Lisa
- The Saguaro Cactus
- Triceratops

Topic Sentence Task Cards

Main Idea Details Kinesthetic Learning Activity (50-pages)
The main objective for this activity is to get students up and moving to engage them while learning about how to identify the main idea and supporting details. In the end, this activity will hopefully help build a stronger understanding of the key components needed to write effective non-fiction summary.

For this activity, students will receive a card and then be asked to arrange themselves in some sort of physical way around the room that would represent the main idea and supporting details. An example of this may be for the one student holding the main idea card to stand tall, students with the supporting detail cards kneel, and students with the detail cards sit on the floor.

Included in this resource is:
- 6 sets of Main Idea/Supporting Detail cards (animals, transportation, holidays, subjects, continents, and sports); each set containing 30 cards
- A teacher answer key for the six sets of cards
- 1 set of blank Main Idea/Supporting Detail cards for teacher to create his/her own topic
- 1 Example Set (farm animals)
- 1 Main Idea & Supporting Details Slideshow (20 slides)
- 2 graphic organizers to help students identify main idea & supporting details
- Common Core Student Reflection Form
- Teacher Tips Handout (4-pages)

CCSS Addressed: Key Ideas and Details
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

Main Idea Activity

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