Main Idea and Supporting Details Sorting Activity featuring Ice Cream Cones

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Deb Hanson
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My students completed this as a group activity. This craft was VERY engaging and allowed them to practice and become proficient at a core reading skill.
My students loved the ice cream theme and we had ice cream treats for the students who completed their cones correctly!
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  1. This main idea bundle has everything you need to keep your upper elementary and middle school students engaged as they read passages and identify the main idea and supporting details in the text. Several activities include test prep elements because main idea questions tend to appear frequently on s
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Keep your kids engaged as they learn how details support the main idea with this main idea craftivity. Your students will match three detail sentences to each main idea sentence. The finished products can be used to make a creative bulletin board or school hallway display!

All of the MAIN IDEA CONES are related to ice cream topics. These are the main ideas:

Three ice cream flavors are clearly America's favorites.

The amount of milkfat determines how ice cream is labeled.

Ice cream can cause a sensation known as "brain freeze".

There are some unusual flavors of ice cream.

Citizens of America love their ice cream!

You can eat ice cream in various ways.

Each main idea sentence has three supporting detail SCOOPS of ice cream that the students must find and stack on their cone.


  1. Students color and cut out the cones and scoops of ice cream.
  2. Students read the main idea sentence on each cone and determine which supporting detail sentences (on scoops of ice cream) align with it.
  3. Once all of the ice cream pieces have been sorted into their respective groups, students form ice cream cones and glue them onto a sheet of construction paper.

Supporting Materials:

  • Student-friendly directions that can be projected for students to refer to throughout the work time!
  • Answer key
  • A matching interactive notebook entry is included in this product. Two ice cream cones can be glued into students' reading notebooks for future student reference.

This activity is also available in a digital format. If you are interested in viewing the DIGITAL VERSION OF THIS CRAFTIVITY that is compatible with GOOGLE SLIDES, click here.


This resource is also included in my Main Idea MEGA-BUNDLE. {CLICK HERE.}


Check out my other main idea resources:

Main Idea and Supporting Details PowerPoint: ICE CREAM!

Main Idea and Details Craftivity: The Earth

Main Idea and Details Worksheets: 5 passages with graphic organizers!

Main Idea: Targeted Tri-folds

Main Idea and Details Concentration Game

Main Idea Task Cards (includes 30 cards!)

I Have… Who Has…? Main Idea and Details Class Activity

Main Idea and Best Title Worksheets: Historical Nonfiction (test prep)

Main Idea and Details: Two Passages FREE

By Deb Hanson

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7 pages
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1 hour
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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.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.


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