Spring Main Idea and Supporting Details Print or Digital Distance Learning


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Get 20 spring-themed PRINT & DIGITAL non-fiction reading passages for students to use while they practice finding the main idea and supporting details. These high interest and engaging non-fiction topics make learning about main idea fun and interesting for students! This resource is perfect for Google Classroom!

Use this resource as a:

  • printable packet
  • digital Google Slides assignment
  • or assign to students using the new TpT Digital Activity Tool

Included in download:

  • 20 Printable Spring-Themed Non-Fiction Reading Passages
  • 20 Digital Google Slides Spring-Themed Non-Fiction Reading Passages
  • All Answer Keys

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Finding the Main Idea with Non-Fiction Text – Year Long Bundle

This resource includes springtime non-fiction reading passages. This packet is slightly harder than my original non-fiction packet found here. The main idea is sometimes found in the first sentence, but many of these passages require students to do a deeper reading of the passage while looking for the supporting details to determine the main idea. The main idea may be found anywhere from the first sentence to the fifth sentence of the paragraph.

20 Non-fiction Topics Include:

  • Spring Fever
  • April Showers
  • Time to Grow
  • Nesting Birds
  • Sneezing Season
  • Spring Cleaning
  • Thundering Clouds
  • Seasonal Folklore
  • Changing Seasons
  • Joking Around
  • Creepy Crawlies
  • Colorful Beginnings
  • Spring Training
  • Honoring Mom
  • Springtime Babies
  • Fascinating Twisters
  • Hopping Around
  • Celebrating Trees
  • Frogspawn
  • Spring Has Sprung

This product aligns with the following CCSS:

RI.3.2 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

RI.4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

RI.5.2 Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text. (use as a review tool before moving into two or more main ideas in a text)

Suggestions for Use:

Depending on how much your students know about finding the main idea will depend on how you use these non-fiction reading passages. Third-grade students may need modeling of the activity before completing one on their own. Fourth-grade students should easily be able to find the main idea and supporting details after a brief introduction. Fifth-grade students could use these passages to review third and fourth-grade skills on finding the main idea and supporting details. You could use these non-fiction reading passages for:

→whole group introduction of main idea

→whole group review

→morning desk work

→small group assignment


They could even be used as an assessment tool.

Perfect to use for review before state testing!

Extension Activity:

RI.4.2 asks students to not only determine the main idea and supporting details but to also summarize the text. Once students have completed the activity, you could have them use their web including the main idea and three supporting details to write a summary of the text.


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