Main Idea Task Cards Bundle – Main Idea Reading Comprehension Activities

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Whether you use the three sets of task cards for SCOOT, for centers, one on one, or for whole class games, your students will enjoy this fun way to practice finding the main idea.


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Do your students need MORE main idea practice? This Main Idea Task Card Bundle can help! It includes both a print and digital format and targets identifying the main idea and supporting details in a variety of ways. It includes 3 sets of task cards (a total of 96), each with a different type of main idea concentrated practice. The task cards are engaging for students and a big time-saver for busy teachers!


Here’s what’s included:


Task Cards Set 1 (Blue)

These each give a supporting detail and then ask which main idea it matches. It makes kids really think because the main idea choices are all about the same general topic as the supporting detail (baseball, for example) but the main ideas are slightly different (like sports equipment, baseball in Japan, or Babe Ruth as a famous baseball player).


Task Cards Set 2 (Pink)

This set gives 4 different supporting detail sentences and asks the child to name the main idea.


Task Cards Set 3 (Purple)

This set lists the main idea. It also has 4 sentences (possible supporting details) and asks the child which supporting detail sentence is NOT related to the main idea. This is a challenging set because sometimes the supporting details are not always obvious. For example, if the main idea was about a shark’s diet, all four supporting details might be about sharks, but only three of them would mention something about what a shark likes to eat.


Record Sheet

Answer Keys

Detailed Teacher Notes

Teacher for Digital PDF with LINKS



PLEASE NOTE: These task cards are also included in a very comprehensive Main Idea Bundle that has 5 differentiated passages, 3 sorts, 3 matching pages, 3 games, plus this set of 3 task cards!
Main Idea Bundle for 3rd – 5th Grades


Why you’ll love this resource:

  • The task cards give your students concentrated practice with main idea and supporting details, so students get multiple opportunities in one-time frame.


  • Task cards seem less overwhelming than longer passages for many students which leads to greater buy-in.


  • 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.


  • Your students will enjoy these task cards!!!


  • You can easily turn the cards into an actual game by adding a tic-tac-toe on a white board or by using a board game like Sorry, Chutes and Ladders, or Jenga.


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


Need a complete Main Idea unit with passages and activities?
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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