The concept of a main idea with supporting details can be tricky for young learners. These first grade reading comprehension passages are designed to help students become confident identifying the main idea of a text and understanding how details support the main idea.
This file includes 15 short passages. Each passage is presented twice.
In the first version, students read the passage and then answer two multiple choice questions and one short answer question. The first multiple choice question with each passage asks about main idea. The second multiple choice question consistently asks about a supporting detail. The short answer (written response) questions include topics such as author’s purpose and distinguishing fact from detail.
In the second version, students identify, underline and then write the main idea. They then complete a simple graphic organizer by filling in three supporting details. (A full page version of this graphic organizer is also included.)
The passages in this file focus on the following ideas:
Animals get ready for winter.
Baby animals have special names.
We use balls to play many sports.
We can see many things in the sky.
Kids can help at home.
Joe takes good care of his fish.
You can mix primary colors to make other colors.
A dog can be a good pet.
Exercise can be fun.
You can read abbreviations.
You can read contractions.
Bones are very important.
Bells are used in many ways.
Birds can live in many places.
Rose has the flu.
These activities support the following Common Core Standards:
ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2 - Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
ELA-Literacy.RI.1.1 – Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1 - Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2 - Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
I find that, with guided practice, kids quickly develop the skills they need to identify main idea and understand the relationship between the main idea and supporting details.
** Please note: The concepts and topics shared in this file are also included in my Main Idea Build and Learn Houses
Though there are some color images included, the clipart in this file prints well on a black and white printer or in grayscale.
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!
Sincerely, Anne Gardner (NBCT, Literacy)
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