Main Idea & Details Centers - Nonfiction Main Idea Games - Printable & Digital

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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This was a great way for students to practice the main idea skill. It is always hard for my 3rd graders and this made it engaging and fun for them!
My students LOVED the main idea mazes in this resource! They were super engaged and worked perfectly in centers. Thanks so much!
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This low prep resource contains 3 main idea center activities for you to use in your classroom. These games are an engaging, hands on way to help your students be better able to differentiate between main idea and supporting details - especially in nonfiction / informational text. The centers can be played independently or with a partner depending on your students' needs.

There is now a digital version for use with Google Slides / Google Classroom.

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This resource includes the following 3 main idea centers for upper elementary students:

Center #1: Main Idea Mazes

Students are given a main idea statement. In order for them to complete the maze correctly, students must shade in details that support the main idea center. Many of the details provided are on topic but do not support the main idea, so students must think critically.


  • 5 main idea mazes
  • a student recording sheet to help you understand your students' thinking
  • answer keys

Center #2: Main Idea and Details Matching Game

This is a 2 player matching game. There are 8 paragraph cards and 8 corresponding main idea cards. Students try to match up the paragraphs with their main idea.


  • 8 paragraph cards
  • 8 main idea cards
  • student instructions
  • student recording sheet
  • answer key

Center #3: Main Idea and Details Sort

This can be an independent, partner, or small group activity. Students must match up details with the correct main idea. There are 4 main idea cards and 12 detail cards. All of the main ideas and details are on the same topic - the human ear. Students must think critically to determine which details match up with which main ideas.


  • 4 main idea cards
  • 12 detail cards
  • student recording sheet
  • answer key

This makes a great main idea review for your 3rd and 4th grade students.

The print version of the main idea workstations / centers are fairly low prep. The Main Idea Mazes just need to be printed and copied. The other two centers require a little cutting and optional laminating. The digital version is no prep.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.


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