This independent practice assignment gives students several different non-fiction paragraphs, and breaks up the components of finding the main idea. (aligned with Core Connections)
topic + main point = main idea
I have my students use the Core Connections color scheme when completing this activity: blue- topic, green- (underline) details, red- main point
I used this in literacy centers with most students, and as a small group mini lesson for the students that needed extra help.