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Main Idea Task Cards

  • Updated

    Updated:  15 Jun 2023

Practise finding the main idea and supporting detail in a passage with these task cards.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Year

    Year:  4

teaching resource

Main Idea Task Cards

  • Updated

    Updated:  15 Jun 2023

Practise finding the main idea and supporting detail in a passage with these task cards.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Year

    Year:  4

Practise finding the main idea and supporting detail in a passage with these task cards.

Can You Spot the Main Idea?

This set of task cards is designed to help students develop their skills in identifying the main idea and supporting details in short passages. The task cards provide engaging paragraphs covering a variety of topics. They are concise and age-appropriate, ensuring students can easily grasp the content and focus on the main idea and supporting details.

Ways to Use Task Cards in the Classroom

  1. Independent: Students can work individually or in pairs, reading the paragraph on each task card and answering the question. They can then check their answers against an answer key or discuss their responses with a partner.
  2. Small Group Instruction: Teachers can use the task cards during small group instruction to reinforce the concept of the main idea and supporting details. Students can take turns reading the paragraph aloud and discussing their answers as a group.
  3. Whole-Class Activity: The teacher can display the task cards on a projector or interactive whiteboard and engage the whole class in a discussion. Students can take turns reading the paragraph and sharing their answers. This allows for class-wide participation and peer learning.
  4. Homework or Review: The task cards can be assigned as homework or used for review purposes. Students can take the cards home, read the paragraphs, and write or discuss their answers with their families. The task cards can also be used as a review activity before an assessment on main idea and supporting details.

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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a Teach Starter collaborator.

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