Main Idea Reading Passages, Worksheets, and Graphic Organizers

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4th - 5th
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If your students are focusing on identifying the main idea of nonfiction texts, these reading passages and comprehension questions can help! This set of nonfiction passages will help your students get plenty of practice identifying the main idea.

What's Included?

12 Reading Passages each with a graphic organizer and comprehension questions. Each passage is short, yet engaging, and students will follow the same four-step process when reading each text.

  • Step 1: Read the Passage
  • Step 2: Think About the Passage
  • Step 3: Organize Your Thinking
  • Step 4: Respond to the Text

The goal with these texts is to give students an authentic reading experience where they have the time and space to critically think about the text and apply key reading skills.

How could I use this resource?

  • Small Group Instruction
  • Independent Practice
  • Morning Work
  • Spiral Review
  • Test Prep
  • Homework
  • Assessments
  • Partner Practice

Table of Contents/Specific Text Focus

  • Text #1 - Honeybee Communication (Main Idea and Details
  • Text #2 - The French Revolution (Topic vs. Main Idea)
  • Text #3 - The Great White Hurricane (Topic Sentence)
  • Text #4 - JFK (Multiple Main Ideas for One Text)
  • Text #5 - Is it a Squid or Octopus? (Main Idea in Headings)
  • Text #6 - Polar Bears at Risk (Repeated Ideas)
  • Text #7 - Preparing for the Worst (Topic, Subtopic, and Details)
  • Text #8 - Cooking Fresh Pasta (Main Idea of Sections)
  • Text #9 - Kamala Harris (Main Idea and Details)
  • Text #10 - Untitled (Main Idea vs. Title)
  • Text #11 - Suk-kegh (Main Idea)
  • Text #12 - "Hello, 911, What's Your Emergency?" (Text Features Support Main Idea)

**The resource is also included in The Stellar Teacher Reading Membership.**

*Please note, there is no answer key included. Digital option is included.


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Total Pages
27 pages
Answer Key
Not Included
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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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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