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Grades 3-6 48 differentiated informational text (nonfiction) paragraph cards. ü  Addresses CCSS.ELA.Literacy.RI.4.2 ü  Differentiated for short answer or multiple choice responses Each of these Main Idea cards features an interesting informational text (nonfiction) paragraph. The 48 cards are divided into two sets of 24 cards each for differentiated learning. The paragraphs on Set 1 begin with a topic sentence, which makes it easy to find the main idea. These are gr
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  Grades 3-6 48 differentiated informational text (nonfiction) paragraph cards. !   Addresses CCSS.ELA.Literacy.RI.4.2 !   Differentiated for short answer or multiple choice responses  Each of these Main Idea cards features an interesting informational text (nonfiction) paragraph. The 48 cards are divided into two sets of 24 cards each for differentiated learning. 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 frames around the cards are color-coded so that they will not get mixed up. 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 (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. These cards will look best in color, but will also print out fine in grayscale. Simply print and cut along the guidelines. Laminate and use them again and again. Another option is to print on card stock. There are also two cover/label cards included. Use for fast finishers, at a literacy center, or even as homework. These cards are correlated with the following Common Core Standard for grades 3 and 4 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they   support the main idea.   T his resource was created by Rachel Lynette copyright 2012. It may be printed and photocopied by the srcinal purchaser for single classroom and personal use only and may not be sold, placed on the internet, or distributed in any form. If you would like to share with your colleagues, please purchase licensed copies. Thank you for respecting the copyright .    Main Idea Task Cards created by Rachel Lynette Copyright ©2012 all rights reserved http://www.rachel lynette.com Rabbits and hares are not the same. Rabbits live together in burrows. Their babies are born blind and without fur. Hares live alone above ground. Their babies are born with fur and are not blind. In addition, hares are usually bigger than rabbits. What is the main idea of this paragraph? 1 The ice cream cone was invented in 1904. It all started at the St. Louis World's fair when an ice cream vender ran out of dishes for his ice cream. A man named Ernest Hamwi was selling waffles in the booth next door. He helped his neighbor out by making cone-shaped waffles to hold the ice cream. The rest, as they say, is history! What is the main idea of this paragraph? 2 Some types of roller coasters use magnets to make them stop. Strong magnets are put into both the coaster and the end of the track. As the coaster approaches the end of the track, the attracting forces of the magnet bring it to a gentle stop. What is the main idea of this paragraph? Julia Butterfly Hill lived in a giant Redwood tree for two years to keep it from being cut down. She climbed the tree, which was located in Northern California, on December 10, 1997. Many people helped her by bringing her food and supplies. She did not come down until the logging company promised never to cut the tree down. What is the main idea of this paragraph?    Main Idea Task Cards created by Rachel Lynette Copyright ©2012 all rights reserved http://www.rachel lynette.com   School children in Washington State are raising salmon! The Department of Fish and Wildlife gives each participating classroom 500 salmon eggs. When the eggs hatch, the children care for the baby salmon and learn about their lifecycle. When the salmon are big enough, the class goes on a fieldtrip to release the salmon into a stream or river. What is the main idea of this paragraph? 5 Giant pandas are losing their habitats. Giant pandas live in bamboo forests in China. The average giant panda eats about 30 pounds (14 kg) of bamboo each day. Unfortunately, the  forests are being cut down and the giant panda is endangered. What is the main idea of this paragraph? 6 Incense cedar wood is perfect  for pencils. Unlike many other kinds of wood, it does not break easily, but is soft enough to be sharpened without splintering. It also won't bend or warp in hot temperatures. Incense cedar trees are grown in California and Oregon. What is the main idea of this paragraph? 7 You can tell if an egg is hard- boiled by spinning it. Lay an egg on its side and try to make it spin. If it is not hard-boiled the shifting liquid inside will make it spin poorly. If it is hardboiled the solid insides will make it spin faster and longer. What is the main idea of this paragraph?
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