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Main Idea and Details Activity

Wise Guys
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4th - 7th
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The objective for this activity is to get students up and moving to engage them while learning about how to identify the main idea and supporting details. In the end, this activity will build a stronger understanding of the key components needed to write effective non-fiction summary.

For this activity, students will receive a card and then be asked to arrange themselves in some sort of physical way around the room that would represent the main idea and supporting details. An example of this may be for the one student holding the main idea card to stand tall, students with the supporting detail cards kneel, and students with the detail cards sit on the floor.

Included in this engaging main idea and details bundle is:

→Six sets of Main Idea/Supporting Detail cards (animals, transportation, holidays, subjects, continents, and sports); each set containing 30 cards

→A teacher answer key for the six sets of cards

→One set of blank Main Idea/Supporting Detail cards for teacher to create his/her own topic

→One Example Set (farm animals)

→One Main Idea & Supporting Details Slideshow (20 slides)

→Two graphic organizers to help students identify main idea & supporting details

→Common Core Student Reflection Form

→Teacher Tips Handout (4-pages)

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CCSS Addressed: Key Ideas and Details

Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

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Total Pages
50 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
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.


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