Main Idea Small Group Instruction: Four Trifolds | PDF and Digital |

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Deb Hanson
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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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I used this with my small groups before state testing and loved it! It really helped my students with main idea and supporting details
I like having tri-folds to help introduce or reinforce a skill. I use these a lot in whole group and in small group. Lots of practice with a skill!
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  1. This reading bundle includes ten sets of reading trifolds! The trifold 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 includes
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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 trifolds target the skill of main idea and supporting details. Use these main idea trifolds over the course of 4 days to provide targeted instruction or intervention on this topic.

As I was creating these trifolds, 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 trifolds 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 trifold. CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW to get a good feel for what you will get if you choose to purchase this resource.

Trifold #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.

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

Trifold #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 trifold a bit more challenging, as well.

Trifold #4: The main objective for this trifold 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 trifold includes 3 different passages and 8 multiple choice questions.

********This resource is available in TWO FORMATS:

1. TRADITIONAL PRINTABLES- Print the PDF and distribute paper copies to your students to complete.

2. TPT EASEL ACTIVITY- With this format, an interactive layer has been added to the original PDF!** This paperless version uses text boxes so that your students can complete it on a device. You can assign it to your students via Google Drive, and they can return it to you to review. Click on the Getting Started Guide to learn more about this version of the activity!

**Please note!** I created an enhanced version of this resource that is compatible with Google Slides. It includes instructional slides not included in this particular resource. I invite you to click on this link to review that version and then determine which format is most appropriate for your classroom and intended use.

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

Main Idea and Supporting Details PowerPoint: Introduction

Main Idea and Supporting Details PowerPoint: Advanced

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

Author's Purpose: Targeted Trifolds

Making Inferences: Targeted Trifolds

Plot: Targeted Trifolds

Theme: Targeted Trifolds

Citing Text Evidence: Targeted Trifolds

Writing a Nonfiction Summary: Targeted Trifolds

Context Clues: Targeted Trifolds

Cause and Effect: Targeted Trifolds

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Total Pages
23 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
4 days
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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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