Main Idea PowerPoint

Deb Hanson
Grade Levels
2nd - 3rd, Homeschool
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  1. This bundle of engaging activities focuses on main idea and supporting details. Several items include test prep elements, because main idea tends to appear frequently on standardized tests. 27 practice passages are included in this bundle!As an added bonus, I created 5 days of LESSON PLANS that out
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Learning Objective

Students will read a nonfiction passage and identify the main idea and three key supporting details. Students will identify the best title for a passage, based on its main idea.


Main Idea PowerPoint: This is a step-by-step PowerPoint designed to introduce main idea and supporting details. This 49-slide PowerPoint was designed to accompany my best selling "main idea ice cream cone craftivity", so be sure to check out that product, too! I hope that by using this ice cream cone themed PowerPoint, students will build a meaningful connection in their minds that will always help them remember and understand how to identify the main idea and supporting details!

Slides 1-5- Introduction and Definition of Main Idea

Slides 6-8- Definition of Supporting Details

Slides 9-19- Ice Cream Cone Analogies Explained

Slides 20-22- Review

Slides 23-27- Main Idea and Topic are not the Same! Examples provided.

Slides 28-40- Four Practice Passages (multiple-choice format)

What is the main idea of the passage you just read?

Each passage also has a follow up slide identifying the details in each passage.

Slides 41-49- Let's go back to our same four passages, but this time we will identify the best title for the passage.

(Multiple Choice format)

**These questions are often found on standardized tests!**

Fourth and fifth-grade teachers, I recently created another Main Idea PowerPoint just for your grade levels! Click HERE to check it out!

***A PowerPoint companion handout is also included in this file. Students can follow along and record answers on this handout as you progress through the PowerPoint! The companion handout is available in both printable format or digital format. The digital version is compatible with Google Slides.**

I have several more items related to MAIN IDEA available in my store. (Just click on the links below to take a peek!)


Main Idea and Details Worksheets: 5 passages with graphic organizers!

Main Idea: Targeted Tri-folds

Main Idea and Details Craftivity: The Earth Foldable Book

Main Idea Task Cards (includes 30 cards!)

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Total Pages
51 pages
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Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.


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