Main Idea – Task Cards (Differentiated Options) | Print & Digital Google + Audio


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  • 48 Task Cards (prints 4 to a page)
    • Black-line
    • Color
  • Recording Sheets
  • Answer Keys


  • 4 Google Slides versions


  • Digital or Print
  • Challenge Cards to extend the lesson
  • Audio Support
  • Two Sets: Multiple Choice or Short Answer
  • Multiple versions of the recording sheet included

Great for 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade!

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NOTE: This resource uses American English and is not editable.

The paragraphs on Set 1 begin with a topic sentence, which makes it easy to find the main idea. These are great for third-grade students and students in higher grades that may need some extra practice. The paragraphs on Set 2 are similar to Set 1 except that they do not have a topic sentence and the main idea is not clearly stated. Students must instead infer the main idea. Set 2 is much more challenging and would be good for fourth grade and above.

The included Answer Sheets are also differentiated. The first one is multiple choice, while the second, more challenging one, requires students to write the main idea out. Both Answer Sheets are two pages (you may print them double-sided) and you could use either one with either set of cards. Answer Keys are also provided so students can check their work.

In addition, there are two Challenge Cards that can be used with any other card in either set. The Challenge Cards ask students to recount supporting details and explain how they are related to the main idea.

Teacher Tip

Here’s what teachers are saying:

✏️ “Loved these task cards! Paired with my Main Idea and Details Unit it really reinforced the skill. Used it as a SCOOT game and the students loved it! Being in a co-teaching classroom, it benefited to pair students so that my struggling readers could listen to a stronger reader but still be able to give input regarding the main idea.” -Emily C.

✏️ “These task cards were perfect for center time during Guided Reading. Thanks for making such an awesome resource that I can use over and over for years to come.” -Krystal Styles.

✏️ “I am new to task cards, but I have downloaded several of your packs and have started using them in my classroom. The students are very engaged, and they are able to practice their skills in manageable amounts. Thank you for all of your hard work! It is sincerely appreciated!” -Elise D.


Common Core Standards:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.


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About the Author

These passages were written by me, Rachel Lynette. I am a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. I have written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. These passages reflect more than a decade of professional writing experience.

Terms of Use

This resource was created by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack for Minds in Bloom INC., all rights reserved. It may be used by the original purchaser for single class use only. Teachers may distribute this product in email, through google classroom or over the Internet to their students (and parents) as long as the site is password protected. In other words, you may distribute it to your own students, but may not put it on the Internet where it could be publicly found and downloaded.

If you want to share this resource with colleagues, please purchase additional licenses. Thank you for respecting these terms of use.

This product is happily brought to you by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack of Minds in Bloom

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