Main Idea and Supporting Details

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Brenda Tejeda
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K - 3rd, Homeschool
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I used this resource with my first graders and struggling third graders. It does an excellent job explaining main idea to students.
This resource was excellent for helping my first graders to understand and practice identifying the main idea and supporting details.
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*Now part of a Comprehension Strategies Mega-Bundle*

SAVE here: Comprehension Strategies Mega-Bundle

*Available in DIGITAL version here:Main Idea for Google Slides

Identifying the Main Idea is such an important skill, but can sometimes be hard for young learners to grasp. This interactive PowerPoint introduction and engaging follow-up activities not only make teaching this skill effective, but also FUN!

⭐️⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This is by far the best resource I've found and used to help my young readers identify main ideas. This is a hard concept for 2nd graders and this resource made it so concrete and broke down the steps needed to determine the main idea and support with relevant details.” -Ashley G.

If you like my best-selling Decoding Strategies packs, you will LOVE this Comprehension Strategy pack! It has everything you need to teach and reinforce the Main Idea & Details comprehension strategy in a fun, exciting way!!

In keeping with my character packs, this one has a Main Idea Moose to help make the strategy more memorable and engaging, but I also included posters and materials without the moose as an option.


~Suggested lesson sequence Detailed plan to implement. Perfect for grades 1 and 2, but many activities can also be used in K and for struggling learners in grade 3.

~Interactive PowerPoint Slideshow (see preview for some of the slides) Includes passages and pictures to help demonstrate identifying the main idea and details in a simple way.

~Posters: 4 options available (with and without the moose)

~Reading Passages FIVE Differentiated non-fiction passages, three versions of each:

Version 1- Students color-code passage, then cut and paste to complete a web

Version 2- Easier text. Students color-code passage, then color the pictures of the details included.

Version 3- Students color-code passage, then draw the details.

~Cut & Paste Printables Students cut and paste the sentences in order, starting with the main idea. FIVE passage printables.

~What's the Main Idea? card game 20 Picture cards. Kids identify main idea and details. Can be used to play Scoot. Directions, recording sheet, and answer keys included.

~What's the Main Idea? printables Students write the main idea and details of a group of pictures. 2 line options.

~Main Idea Flowerpot center Students match the detail flowers with the main idea flowerpots.

~Main Idea Flowerpot Craft Students match the flower petals to the main idea centers, then glue to flowerpot. 2 levels included.

~Main Idea Graphic Organizers: Can be used with any book, or as planning for writing.

*****So much to see! Please see preview for a better picture!*****

Goes perfectly with my Sequencing Squirrel Comprehension Strategy Pack. Please click here:Sequencing Squirrel

And, my Compare & Contrast Cami Chameleon Comprehension Strategy Pack. Please click here:Compare & Contrast Cami Chameleon

For a look at my Decoding Reading Strategy Bundle, please click here:Reading Strategy Bundle: 6 packs in one plus bonus review pack

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.


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