Main Idea Games – Main Idea Reading Comprehension Activity – Reading Center for 3rd – 5th Grades

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These three games will help your students master finding the main idea while using a fun format!


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Want to give your students focused main idea practice? These Main Idea Games in print and digital will help your upper elementary students get concentrated main idea and supporting details practice in an engaging way! It includes 3 games (each with 42 game cards) that have different types of main idea reading comprehension questions.


It includes:

3 Colorful Game Boards and 3 Black and White Game Boards (print only)


3 Sets of Game Cards: (42 cards per set)


Set 1: There are 3 sentences and 2 are supporting details. Students are asked to find the Main Idea?


Set 2: There are 4 supporting details given but what is the main idea?


3. The main idea is given and there are 3 sentences. Students are asked to identify the supporting detail that matches the main idea.



Detailed Teacher Notes

Teacher Notes for Digital PDF with LINKS


SAVE MORE and GET MORE with the Main Idea Bundle for 3rd – 5th Grades (CLICK HERE)!!! These games are included in the very comprehensive and deeply discounted Main Idea Bundle  that has 5 differentiated passages, 3 sorts, 3 matching pages, 3 sets of task cards, plus this set of 3 games! 


Why you’ll love this resource:

  • The games are differentiated with three levels of difficulty, which makes them perfect for scaffolding.


  • The print and digital formats give you lots of versatility in your teaching!


  • The digital format means that ALL activities are NO PREP and are SELF GRADING in Google Forms.


  • The games give your students concentrated practice with main idea and supporting details, so students get multiple opportunities to practice in a short time frame.


  • Your students will enjoy the game format!!!


  • Main idea can be a tricky concept and these games give your students a different way to practice the reading skill.


  • The games are easy to prep and to manage.


  • The games may be used in a number of ways, from reading centers, to whole class, one on one, test prep, SCOOT, and more!!!


If you’re looking for more main idea resources, you might want to take a look here:
Main Idea, Supporting Details, and Summary for 3rd Grade
Main Idea, Supporting Details, and Summary for 4th/5th Grades


Here are some other Main Idea Resources and are digital – drag and drop for Google Slides and PowerPoint: (100% original content)

3rd Grade Main Idea Digital Reading Unit

4th Grade Main Idea Digital Reading Unit

5th Grade Main Idea Digital Reading Unit


Thanks so much!

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