Identifying the Topic and Main Idea

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Do your students always correctly identify the topic and main idea of an informational text? I find that some students can identify the topic of a text (“ice cream”), but may have trouble identifying the main idea ABOUT the topic that the author wants them to know. They might repeat or generalize the topic (“stuff about ice cream”), rather than expressing a full idea about it (“you can eat lots of toppings with your ice cream”).

These scaffolded worksheets allow students to practice identifying the topic versus the main idea. The fun ice cream theme allows students to closely examine the paragraphs to determine how their main ideas are different. Answer keys with sample answers are included.

Included are the following materials:

• Topic & Main Idea Posters/Word Wall Cards (2 versions)

• Handout/Anchor Chart: This sheet can be displayed as an anchor chart or copied for students to glue in interactive notebooks.

• Topic & Main Idea Matching Worksheet: Students label topics and main ideas and color matching ice cream scoops.

• Topic vs. Main Idea Cut & Glue Worksheet: Students read the paragraph and then cut and glue the matching topic and main idea.

• Topic vs. Main Idea "Homework Fix" Worksheet: Students read the paragraph and and identify the topic and main idea to correct another student's 'homework.'

• Differentiated Worksheets: Students read the paragraphs and identify the topic and main idea.

• Differentiated Exit Tickets: Students read the paragraphs and identify the topic and main idea. These make a great, quick assessment of student learning.

• Writing Extension: Students write their own paragraphs and ask a partner to identify the topic and main idea.

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Identifying the Topic and Main Idea
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Identifying the Topic and Main Idea
Identifying the Topic and Main Idea