I am fortunate enough to be participating in another great product swap. This time, I swapped products with Teacher Times Two. The store is amazing, so I was VERY excited to pick out an item to blog about. I found the cutest main idea task cards. Getting the main idea can be tough for some of my second graders, so I knew this set of task cards would be great reinforcement.
I like a lot of things about this lesson. My favorite things are that the task cards themselves are at an appropriate level for my students. Each card has a short story and then three choices for students to choose from. I had my students work with the task cards in small groups. They picked the choices together, and then filled out the answer card which I laminated. When they were done, I let the groups see the answers. The activity challenged my second graders just enough. While students got most of the answers correct, several were also wrong. I had my students go back to the details in the text of each task card, and reminded them that it’s the details that point to the main idea. This helped them better understand why the correct answer was correct.
After working in small groups with the task cards, I had my students complete the cut and paste main idea worksheets. These worksheets are a bonus activity that come with the Main Idea task cards. My students LOVE all activities that involve cutting and pasting so they were happy with the activity. More importantly, however, they got more of these problems correct because of their work with the task cards.
Teacher Times Two has a ton of awesome task cards for other reading skills as well, so be sure and check them out. You can view their blog and product swap by clicking on their logo to your left. In the meantime, however, they are letting me raffle off a set of their Main Idea task cards. Enter below for your chance to win here! a Rafflecopter giveaway