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 & Answer Keys (20-pages)
- 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
- The Great Barrier Reef
- The Nile River
- The Mona Lisa
- The Saguaro Cactus
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