I had five learning stations for identifying main idea and supporting details that the students completed. The students completed the learning stations in whatever order they wanted to allow for students to have a little choice. These learning stations took several days to complete, so they worked at their own pace with a partner.
One station that the students completed was a Main Idea- Jungle Safari Game that I purchased from Edupress. I have several of these games and the kids love them!
Another learning station that the kids really liked was the Main Idea in a Bag station from The Brown Bag Teacher. The kids loved these because they incorporated interesting Science and Social Studies topics. There are ten different bags for the students to choose from, but I only required the students to complete graphic organizers for four of the bags. This gave the students opportunities to choose the topics that interested them.
Of course, these stations would never be complete without task cards. There were actually two learning stations that consisted of task cards. I used Rachel Lynette's Main Idea and Supporting Details task cards. I love these because Rachel offers the QR codes with answers for these. The kids used a QR code app for the i-Pad to get immediate feedback without me having to grade anything. This makes them easy-peasy!
The other set of practice cards that the kids used were from Edupress. I actually did this station with each student individually. The students chose four task cards and read each one orally for me. This gave me the opportunity to assess the students' abilities to determine the main idea and monitor fluency as well.
The Gail Gibbons books that I used for the stations are:
Apples (AR Reading Level- 4.0)
Beavers (AR Reading Level- 4.7)
Galaxies, Galaxies! (AR Reading Level- 5.7)
It's Raining! (AR Reading Level- 4.1)
Ice Cream: The Full Scoop (AR Reading Level- 4.4)
My Soccer Book (AR Reading Level- 3.0)
My Baseball Book (AR Reading Level- 2.9)
My Basketball Book (AR Reading Level- 3.2)
My Football Book (AR Reading Level- 3.2)
I hope that while you are searching for ideas and activities for teaching main idea and supporting details, you will find something here to ease your planning.
Have a great week!