Main Idea Printables (Print & Digital)

Don’t let main idea be stressful for you or your students!  Grab this engaging main idea unit and your students will understand this important skill in no time!

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Are you tapped out of ideas on how to teach Main Idea and Details to your students? Make it fun, easy, and interactive with this WEEK long set of activities, with both print and digital included! This resource includes 5 days worth of lesson plans and activities, graphic organizer, craftivity, centers & more! Take a look at the preview for more details!

Lesson 1: Students are becoming exposed to the concept of what it means to have a Main Idea in a text. Students are breaking down the skill and learning about different strategies they can use to help identify the Main Idea by creating a note taking flip book. They then continue on to complete picture puzzles to help them see how Main Idea and Details are related.

Lesson 2: Students analyze stories and begin to search for the Main Idea and supporting details throughout the text. They add a bit of color by color coding the sentences according to the key at the top. Both whole group and small group passages are included.

Lesson 3: Students evaluate sentences outside of a story and determine whether or not they are Main Ideas or Details. They then glue them onto a construction paper mat for their finished activity.

Lesson 4: Students will read different short stories and use the Placemat Consensus cooperative learning strategy to use different Main Idea strategies and create the main idea independently and with their group.

Lesson 5: Students get to apply their knowledge of Main Idea and Details by creating a flip book. Multiple stories are available for students to choose from. In the flip book, students must write out the Main Idea and Details without any support.

All activities are more hands on than normal ‘worksheets’. Direction pages and real photographs are also included! A graphic organizer, bookmark, anchor chart, craftivity, & center are all also included!

Digital activities included are made for Google Classroom, Google Slides, and PowerPoint.

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Units included in the bundle are:

  • Summarizing
  • Character
  • Setting
  • Plot
  • Problem & Solution
  • Theme
  • Making Inferences
  • Sequencing
  • Main Idea (this one)
  • Cause and Effect
  • GenresPoint of View
  • Text Structures
  • Text Features
  • Compare & Contrast
  • Fact and Opinion
  • Author’s Purpose

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