Finding the main Idea

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Help students with Finding the main Idea & Supporting details by using this Activity in 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade This graphic organizer product can help your students to identify the main idea. This resource is both PRINTABLE & DIGITAL
When authors write they add many details in order to make their writing interesting. Students need to be able to determine if the detail is supporting and contributes to an author’s message or if they included the information for interest.

How to use Finding the main Idea & Supporting details Activity

Inside there are 12 original paragraphs with many details.
  • Students will read the paragraph and use the graphic organizer to write the main idea and supporting details.
  • This product works great for SMALL GROUPS, independent work, and as TEST PREP. I have used this product in my classroom over several weeks to help review for major tests.
Tell students, if an author mentions something 3 or more times, this is the main idea. You will notice on the cover page, students can highlight the 3 supporting details that help them to find the main idea.
You can use this activity as a model for a whole group. Students can then complete independently, which you can use in centers or a small group setting. I have also printed these cards on card stock and put them in sheet protectors. Students can use a dry erase or vis a vis marker to underline or box in details that lead to the main ideas.
Inside you will also find two reading comprehension passages that focus on MAIN IDEA. The reading comprehension passages are a page each in length and contain 5 multiple-choice questions with the answer key included.
This product is available at 20 % OFF, when you purchase the MAIN IDEA BUNDLE.


  • Teacher Examples
  • Blank Graphic Organizer
  • 12 Activity Cards (2 versions included)
  • 2 Main Idea Reading Comprehension Passages
  • Answer Keys

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