Main Idea Activities

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Activities for main idea and supporting details! Do your students struggle to grasp the concept of main idea or main topic and supporting details? This can be a difficult concept for some students to master. With a variety of ideas and resources, this packet will help with that! Most of the activities included are no prep. Just print and go!

This main idea packet includes:

✏Mini posters

✏How to determine the main idea mini poster

✏Rain cloud craftivity with templates to use with any book

✏Monkey craftivity with templates and story

✏Main idea grab game for 4 players-Students will have their own playing mat and draw a card. They will determine if the card they drew matches one of the main ideas on their mat.(Answer key provided)

✏Leveled Sorting game-students will get a bag of cards and a sorting mat. They will decide if the cards are main ideas or details and place them in the appropriate place.

✏Practice sheets

✏Organizers-Students will work in groups to come up with four details to support the main idea they are given. This can then be placed in a writing center for other students to complete a story with.

✏Task cards with recording sheet

✏Cut and Paste flip organizer to use with any book

*Ink friendly pages included for all games and posters*

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59 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.


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