Main Idea and Details Activity


How to teach Main Idea

Using Main Idea and Details Activity,students identify the main topic and retell key details of a text with support and prompting.

Being able determine the main idea of a text helps your students build their reading comprehension. This activity will help your students organize their thoughts as they read.

Choose a Main Idea and Details Card. Then, answer the questions on the card.

Other resources to use with this Main Idea and Details Activity

If you are using this activity, your students are probably learning about main idea.

Use this Main Idea Hand Graphic Organizer as an additional resource for your students.

Introduce this activity by reading a short book. Next, ask students what the book was about and how they know. Then, have students complete the activity independently or with a partner as they read. Once finished, have students share out the main idea of their text. Finally, challenge students to share the main idea of the book by completing the sentence starter “This book is about..” using only 5 words!

Be sure to check out more Main Idea Worksheets.

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