Main Idea Task Cards Print and Digital for 3rd – 5th Grades – Main Idea Activity

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Want to give your students extra practice identifying the main idea? This set of 32 print and digital task cards is a great way to reinforce this important reading concept using a short amount of text. Each task card has a high-interest, short informational text passage that asks students to identify the main idea. Topics include how Cheetos were invented, why Mt. Everest is so difficult to climb, Frozen treats around the world, and more! You can use them for reading lessons, reading centers, reading partners, whole-class games, exit slips, and more!
This set includes: Print and Digital Versions
32 Main Idea Task Cards
Record Sheet
Answer Key
Teacher Notes PDF with LINKS


***PLEASE NOTE: This task card set is also included in my 3rd Grade Main Idea and Supporting Details Unit:
Main Ideas and Supporting Details for Third Grade


Need another grade?
Main Ideas, Supporting Details, and Summary Unit for 4th and 5th Grades


Why you’ll love this resource:

  • The task cards give your students concentrated practice with the main idea, so students get multiple opportunities to identify the main idea in one time frame.
  • The digital version has 4 smaller sets of 8 and is self-grading in Google Forms™,
  • These make a perfect activity for centers, whole-class, one on one, or for distance learning.
  • Task cards seem less overwhelming than longer passages for many students. Students get repeated practice in a shorter amount of time.
  • The task cards have a variety of engaging passages your students will enjoy!
  • Students view task cards as more of a game, which makes them fun!
  • It’s easy to turn the cards into an actual game or center by adding a tic-tac-toe on a whiteboard or by adding a board game like Sorry, Jenga, Chutes and Ladders, and more!




Looking for more Main Idea passages, task cards, and games? This Main Idea Kit is differentiated for 3rd – 5th!
Main Ideas, Supporting Details and Summary for 4th and 5th Grades


Looking for completely digital Main Idea units for Google Classroom? These have original content and are interactive with moveable pieces:
3rd Grade Digital Reading Unit: Main Idea for Google Slides™
4th Grade Digital Reading Unit: Main Idea for Google Slides™
5th Grade Digital Reading Unit: Main Idea for Google Slides



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This resource may not be placed on the internet (except in a password-protected website for students, like Google Classroom™), on a school website visible to the public, or on a district server. Please email me if you have any questions: [email protected].


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