Main Idea Worksheets

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I Heart ESOL
Grade Levels
1st - 3rd, Homeschool
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Finding the main idea and supporting details can be a difficult skill for children.This product contains 25 passages for students to practice finding the main idea. There are three sheets for each passage. The first sheet has the passage and 3 multiple choice questions. The second sheet has the passage, 3 multiple choice questions, and a place for students to write one supporting detail. The third sheet has the passage and a place where students can write the main idea.

These passages are great to use for differentiated learning. They can be used for small groups, literacy centers, morning work, homework, independent work, or in a whole group lesson.

These passages are best suited for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade, but could be used in other grades with English Language Learners.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.


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