Main Idea & Details Activity

Grade Levels
1st - 4th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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24 pages
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Struggling with making main idea and details relevant to your students' lives? Try out this fun, hands-on main idea and detail activity that involves bags and real-world artifacts you can find around your own house.

This main idea and detail activity is perfect to help introduce the skill, review, or simply practice understand what main idea and detail is all about! It can be done as a center, small group activity, or whole group mini-lesson!

The materials included in this activity are:

  • lesson plans for teachers
  • example paragraph
  • printable cards for the brown bags
  • instruction sheet for students.

Two extension activities are also included!

*You will need the brown bags and materials for inside them. I have also put suggestions for the bags in the lesson plan, but please feel free to come up with your own!*


If you liked this main idea resource, check out some of my reading resources such as:

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Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
Not Included
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


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