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Comprehension Task Cards - Finding The Main Idea

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A set of comprehension task cards to help students find the main idea when reading.

Being able to find the main idea is an important comprehension strategy for students to understand.

This teaching resource includes:

  • five comprehension task cards; including a text to read and accompanying questions
  • an enrichment task; where students use their creativity to make a product related to each text
  • question worksheets for each text
  • answers for teachers.

Resource Pack This resource is part of the Comprehension Strategy Teaching Resource Pack - Finding the Main Idea. Download this resource and 10 other resources in the complete pack. View the pack...


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Common Core State Standards alignment

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.1
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Literature > Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Craft and Structure > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.4
Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.2
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Craft and Structure > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.6
Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.2
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.2
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Foundational Skills > Fluency > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.4 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.4.A
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Foundational Skills > Fluency > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.4.4 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.4.4.A
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

Grade 2 > English Language Arts Standards > Speaking & Listening > Comprehension and Collaboration > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.2
Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Speaking & Listening > Comprehension and Collaboration > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.2
Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Grade 1 > English Language Arts Standards > Language > Vocabulary Acquisition and Use > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.4 > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.4.A
Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.


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