What’s the Main Idea Activity

What’s the Main Idea Activity

How to teach Main Idea

Using What's the Main Idea Activity, students recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea to build their comprehension skills.

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 to find the main topic as they read.

Students read the passage and use the resource page to record the key details to support the main idea of the text.


Other resources to use with this What's the Main Idea Activity

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

Use this Listen for the Main Idea Activity 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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