Main Idea and Supporting Details: 11 Monthly Worksheets in Print and Digital

Deb Hanson
Grade Levels
2nd - 3rd, Homeschool
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  1. This bundle of engaging activities focuses on main idea and supporting details. Several items include test prep elements, because main idea tends to appear frequently on standardized tests. 27 practice passages are included in this bundle!As an added bonus, I created 5 days of LESSON PLANS that out
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This set of engaging reading passages focuses on having students identify the main idea and supporting details within a reading passage. Main idea tends to appear frequently on standardized tests. Therefore, the worksheets feature multiple choice questions. Each worksheet focuses on a particular month or season. As a result, you will already have fun review activities at your fingerprints when each month arrives. What a great way to spiral back to main idea 11 times throughout the school year!

Each passage includes the following three questions written in a multiple choice format:

1. Which of the following sentences best states the main idea of the passage?

2. Which detail tells more about the main idea?

3. Which would be the best title for this passage?

Answer keys are included.

The topics of the passage include:

School Workers

Labor Day


Life on the Mayflower

Names for Santa Across the World

Martin Luther King, Jr.

African American War Heroes

Daylight Saving Time

The White House Easter Egg Roll

Sun Safety

Summer Water Fun

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

  1. Traditional Printables- Print the PDF and distribute the pencil-and-paper assessment.
  2. Easel Activity- With this paperless format, an interactive layer has been added to the original PDF! Students can complete this activity on a device. Students read each question and identify the correct answer. This has a multiple-choice format, and students select their answers by moving the circle to select the correct answer.

Check out the PREVIEW to view some of the passages!

These worksheets are also available in a digital format. If you are interested in viewing the DIGITAL COLOR VERSION OF THESE WORKSHEETS that is compatible with GOOGLE SLIDES, click here.

I have several more items related to main idea available in my store. (Just click on the links below to take a peek!)

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Main Idea Passages with Graphic Organizers (This features 5 passages.)

Main Idea Task Cards or Worksheets (This features 8 passages.)

Main Idea: Targeted Tri-folds

Main Idea and Details: Two Passages FREE

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Total Pages
8 pages
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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.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.


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