Main Idea and Supporting Details: Four Digital Lessons Using Google Slides

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Deb Hanson
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I loved this simple resource for teaching my virtual students! It was no prep, and really good practice for them! I loved that I could easily teach direct instruction with it. Thank you!
Amazing resource !!! I love how the slides are divided into 4 lessons. I also love all of the visuals !!!!
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  1. This bundle of resources contains all of my digital ELA lessons. It is compatible with Google Slides. The bundle features twelve ELA topics. Most topics includes 4 lessons. (The only exceptions are my figurative language set which includes seven lessons, and my free character traits set which includ
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This digital main idea resource features four complete lessons. It is compatible with Google Slides. The lessons feature both instructional slides AND practice slides where students complete a task related to the instructional slides. Use these main idea activities over the course of four days to provide targeted instruction for your students. They can be used as a large group activity, in a small group setting, OR as an engaging self-paced reading lesson.

The slides in each lesson progress from basic to more complex. Answer keys are included. CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW to see some of the slides in these lessons.

Lesson #1: Introduction to Main Idea (9 slides)

-This lesson includes three instructional slides. This lesson begins by differentiating between TOPIC and MAIN IDEA. On the remaining two instructional slides, students are presented with a nonfiction passage where the main idea and supporting details are highlighted.

-The lesson contains five practice slides. Students complete two tasks that require them to differentiate between the topic and the main idea. Then, three practice passages are included where the main idea is highlighted in yellow, and students must highlight three supporting details in the passage.

-The other slide is the title slide.

Lesson #2: Introduction to the Main Idea Graphic Organizer (11 slides)

-This lesson includes six instructional slides. The lesson begins with introducing students to the ice cream cone graphic organizer. Then, a reading passage is presented, and students watch as the graphic organizer is filled in with a main idea statement and three supporting details.

-The lesson contains four practice slides. Students read two nonfiction passages and then fill in the graphic organizer for each.

Lesson #3: Explicitly-Stated Main Idea vs. Inferred Main Idea (11 slides)

-This lesson includes five instructional slides. On the instructional slides, the same passage is presented in three different ways. On the first version, the main idea is stated at the beginning of the passage. On the second version, the main idea is stated at the end of the passage. On the third version, the main idea is not explicitly stated; the reader must infer the main idea.

-The lesson contains five practice slides. These slides feature five different nonfiction passages. The main idea alternates between being stated and inferred. For each passage, students must identify the main idea. Students must also identify supporting details by highlighting the text.

Lesson #4: Putting It All Together/Test Prep (6 slides)

The main objective for this final main idea lesson is to expose students to multiple-choice questions related to identifying the main idea and supporting details. Students will likely see questions like these on standardized tests. This lesson includes three nonfiction reading passages. Eight multiple-choice questions are included in this lesson. All of the questions are related to the main idea and supporting details.


This digital lesson resource is an expanded version of my printable main idea trifolds. The practice activities in my printable trifolds are the same as the practice activities in these digital lessons. The main difference between the two versions is that this digital version offers complete lessons with 13 additional instructional slides that are not included in the printable tri-folds. I really want to stress the overlap to teachers who have previously purchased my main idea trifolds so that they are aware of this overlap before they purchase this expanded, alternate version.

**Check out my FREE CHARACTER TRAITS LESSON if you want to view the structure of these lessons a bit more closely.

If you're looking for additional resources to use when teaching about main idea, feel free to check out one of my bundles!

CLICK HERE for the 4th-6th grade main idea bundle.

CLICK HERE for the 2nd-3rd grade main idea bundle.

Click on the following links to check out my other Digital ELA Lessons!

Figurative Language: Seven Digital Lessons

Main Idea: Four Digital Lessons

Context Clues: Four Digital Lessons

Inferences: Four Digital Lessons

Author's Purpose: Four Digital Lessons

Plot: Four Digital Lessons

Text Evidence: Four Digital Lessons

Themes: Four Digital Lessons

Summarizing Nonfiction: Four Digital Lessons

Cause and Effect: Four Digital Lessons

Digital Lesson ELA BUNDLE: ALL 11 Topics

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Total Pages
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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.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.


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