Main Idea Small Group Instruction: Four Tri-folds | PDF and Digital |

Deb Hanson
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  1. This reading bundle includes ten sets of reading tri-folds! The tri-fold sets target reading skills including main idea, inferences, theme, plot, author's purpose, citing text evidence, writing nonfiction summaries, context clues, cause & effect, and figurative language. Most of the sets includ
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Learning Objective

Students will read nonfiction passages and identify the main idea and key supporting details. Students will select the main idea from a list of multiple choice options.


These four print-and-go tri-folds target the skill of main idea and supporting details. Use these main idea tri-folds over the course of 4 days to provide targeted instruction or intervention on this topic.

As I was creating these tri-folds, I pictured myself using them with small groups of students. Specifically, I envisioned sitting around a table with a group of students who needed some targeted intervention and additional opportunities to practice identifying main idea and supporting details. That being said, however, you can also successfully use these tri-folds in a large group setting or assign them as independent work.

These main idea trifolds progress from basic to more complex. Answer keys are included, along with additional teacher notes for EACH tri-fold. CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW to get a good feel for what you will get if you choose to purchase this resource.

Tri-fold #1: Students differentiate between a topic and a main idea statement. Four practice passages are included where the main idea is in italics, and students must underline the three supporting details in the passage.

Tri-fold #2: Students use a graphic organizer to display the main idea sentence and the three supporting details. Two practice passages are included in this tri-fold.

Tri-fold #3: Students see (through three different passages) that the main idea might be stated at the beginning of a reading passage, it might be stated near the end of a reading passage, or it might need to be inferred. Five practice passages are included where students identify the main idea and supporting details. The presence of different text structures makes this tri-fold a bit more challenging, as well.

Tri-fold #4: The main objective for this tri-fold is expose students to multiple choice questions related to identifying the main idea and supporting details. Students will likely see questions like these on standardized tests. This tri-fold includes 3 different passages and 8 multiple choice questions.

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If you're looking for additional resources to use when teaching main idea, feel free to check out my main idea bundles!

CLICK HERE for the 4th-6th grade bundle.

CLICK HERE for the 2nd-3rd grade bundle.

Feel free to take a peek at my other tri-folds! Just click on the links below!

Author's Purpose: Targeted Tri-folds

Making Inferences: Targeted Tri-folds

Plot: Targeted Tri-folds

Theme: Targeted Tri-folds

Citing Text Evidence: Targeted Tri-folds

Writing a Nonfiction Summary: Targeted Tri-folds

Context Clues: Targeted Tri-folds

Cause and Effect: Targeted Tri-folds

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Total Pages
23 pages
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Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
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.


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