UPDATED FEBRUARY 2017! Main idea is a difficult concept for students to grasp. Often, main idea is taught by having students identify the topic sentence, but this doesn't always work. This resource helps scaffold students into having a true understanding of the difference between main idea and supporting details.
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In this resource, students practice main idea in a variety of ways before introducing main idea and supporting details within paragraphs.
1. Students sort words into groups and determine an appropriate title (the main idea) for each of the groups.
2. Students are given a main idea topic and have to come up with supporting details.
3. Students are given supporting details and have to determine the main idea.
4. Students are given several related words and have to determine which of the words represents the main idea.
Finally, students practice main idea and supporting details within text.
1. Students read several paragraphs on the same topic and have to come up with appropriate titles for each paragraph.
2. Students are given a paragraph, and they have to determine which sentence in the paragraph does not belong because it does not support the main idea.
3. Students are given a short paragraph and 4 sentences about the paragraph. They must determine which sentence represents the main idea of the paragraph, and which sentences are details.
4. Students read a one page reading passage and fill in a graphic organizer that has them identify the main idea and details of each of the body paragraphs.
An answer key is included.
Some comments about this main idea resource:
"This is a great resource and I am so excited to use it with my 2nd graders! Main idea is a difficult concept for them to grasp and this product is very thorough and definitely scaffolds their learning. Thank you for creating this!"
"This is a very engaging way to teach main idea to students who struggle with this concept. My special ed. kiddos did a great job with this unit!"
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