Main Idea and Supporting Details Activity {Sentence Sort} BUNDLE

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2nd - 5th
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80 sets of sentences
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    This main idea and details bundle includes all of my SETS of Main Idea and Details sorts. Each set has 20 paragraphs. These activities are meant to solidify your students' understanding of main idea and details.

    **Updated to also INCLUDE DIGITAL (Google Slides for Google Classroom) version of every sentence sort** Take a peek at how the digital version works here.

    How the Main Idea and Details Sort Activity Works:

    1. Students will cut apart and read each of the five sentences for the paragraph.
    2. Then, they will determine which one is the main idea and which four are the supporting details. (This requires them to use higher-order thinking skills!)
    3. Students will sort the sentences on their main idea and details mat.
    4. Optional: Have students do the response prompt to justify their answer: How do you know the details support the main idea?

    This bundle includes:

    • Set 1: Animals (Koalas, Elephants, Pandas, Tigers, & Zebras)
    • Set 2: Sea Animals (Sea Turtles, Starfish, Jellyfish, Clownfish, & Seahorses)
    • Set 3: Severe Weather (Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Blizzards, Earthquakes, & Thunderstorms)
    • Set 4: National Parks (Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Olympic, & Glacier)

    Extension Ideas:

    • Since each topic includes four paragraphs, students can organize their paragraphs into a four-paragraph report.
    • 4th and 5th graders can gather more information about the topic in order to add additional details to the paragraphs.

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    80 sets of sentences
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    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.
    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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