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This is a main idea activity that can stand alone or be used with any book. This was made with 2nd graders in mind, but could easily be used for 1st or 3rd graders also. The students can highlight, circle, or underline the main idea sentence in each paragraph. These sheets can be used as a quick assessment for main idea and comprehension. It could also be used for whole or small group instruction or a reading station. The students can work on this sheet independently with little or no help.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.