Main Idea Activity: Main Idea Word Search (non-fiction, reading)

Main Idea Activity: Main Idea Word Search (non-fiction, reading)
Main Idea Activity: Main Idea Word Search (non-fiction, reading)
Main Idea Activity: Main Idea Word Search (non-fiction, reading)
Main Idea Activity: Main Idea Word Search (non-fiction, reading)
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Main Idea: Are you looking for a fun main idea reading activity? How about using this main idea informational "fact find". Your students will enjoy this fun 'fact find' style word search! If your students are like mine, they love these puzzles.

Scroll down for a list of more fact finds.
FREE Fact Find Extension Activity List

Keep the challenge level in mind if choosing this for 3rd graders (marked it for 3-5). In this main idea fact find word search, words are found forward, backward, up, down, and diagonal. I would consider it on the challenging side since students are looking for words in all directions. Some third grade students may need help with a few of the words in the sentences, but with help they should be okay.

This main idea activity is perfect any time of year. It can be used to introduce main idea or to review.

This is not just any 'ole puzzle. It doesn't just include words to find. It includes information about what main idea is and how to determine it in a text. The format uses bullet marks, which can help your students remember the information. Within each fact, a word (or words) is underlined. Those are the words the students will find in the puzzle. For example, one sentence says, "Look for clue words that are repeated throughout the text." The words underlined in the sentence are "clue words", and those are the words they will find.

I use word searches to introduce vocabulary, or even just give it as morning work to introduce the topic of the day. Perfect for a sub, too.

There are many options for using this word search 'fact find'.
One option is to have students partner up and practice fluency. They can take turns reading the sentences. This can be used for a writing activity. Have them take the facts from the puzzle and turn them into a paragraph, changing out some of the words to make it their own. Use it as a reading homework assignment,too. Parents can work with their child to find the words.They can even fold it in half and glue it into an interactive notebook for future reference. Feel free to be creative and use it in your classroom however you would like.

The main idea themed words included in the word search are:

general (topics are general)
specific (main idea is more specific)
important (main idea is most important point)
first sentence
questions (sample questions to ask yourself)
clue words

FACT FINDS you will like:
Candy Corn
Maps and Globes
Veterans Day
Main Idea
Literary Elements
December and Christmas
Non-Fiction Text Structure
Candy Canes and Christmas Cards
New Year's and January
Winter and Snow
Martin Luther King, Jr.
100th Day of School
Valentine's Day
Nonfiction Text Features
Black History Month
Colonial Leaders
Abraham Lincoln
George Washington
Christopher Columbus
St. Patrick's Day
Women's History
March and Spring
Pie in America (incorporate into Pi Day)
Earth Day
Mother's Day
Cinco de Mayo
Memorial Day
Back to School

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