Fall Activities for Main Idea and Supporting Details


This main idea and supporting details activities have a fun fall theme that is sure to spark learning during this exciting season!

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Do your students struggle when finding the main idea or supporting details of a story? These easy-to-use fall-themed main idea and supporting details activities make it easy for students to pinpoint the main idea. Supporting details are strategically placed so students can easily practice identifying small details supporting the main idea. With repeated practice, your students will eventually be able to explain how the details of a passage support the main idea.


These PRINT & DIGITAL fall main idea and supporting details activities include 20 high-interest nonfiction reading passages that will spark the interest of students and encourage active participation and learning. The main idea in these passages can be found in each paragraph’s first, second, or third sentence.


What’s Included:

  • 20 Fall-Themed Printable Nonfiction Reading Passages with Graphic Organizers
  • Google Slides Digital Version
  • Answer Keys


Topics to Spark Learning:

  • Vibrant Colors
  • Autumn Adaptations
  • Seasons of Change
  • Celebrating Veterans
  • Amazing Lights
  • Got the Blues?
  • Frost Flowers
  • Forever Green
  • Sleepy Slumber
  • Trick-or-Treat
  • Stirring Winds
  • Ancient Celebrations
  • Squirrely Facts
  • Labor Day
  • Migrating South
  • Giving Thanks
  • Harvest Moon
  • Break Time
  • Monarch Butterflies
  • Pumpkins Everywhere


Fall Main Idea and Supporting Details Activities with a Scaffolded Approach

When teaching main idea and supporting details, it’s important to start small and basic. With this resource, you can provide your students with short, easy-to-read paragraphs with an obvious main idea and easy-to-find supporting details to choose from. This strategy helps students get in the habit of focusing on what the text is mostly about. It also allows students to pinpoint key ideas that support and help describe the main idea.


This resource is the second in a series of practice packs. The main idea is mostly found in the first sentence, but some passages include the main idea in the second or third sentence of the paragraph. If you’re looking for an easier version with the main idea in the first sentence, you may want to check out Main Idea and Supporting Details Activities. It is the perfect resource for beginners just starting to learn how to find the main idea and supporting details of a non-fiction reading passage.


Activity Options:

  • Individual Printable Worksheets
  • Printable Practice Packet
  • Digital Google Slides Assignment


⭐ The digital version of this resource was created in Google Slides. Each reading passage comes with its own Google link so you can digitally assign these activities to your students.


Ways to Use this Resource:

  • whole group instruction
  • morning work
  • small groups
  • independent desk work
  • assessments
  • early finishers
  • homework
  • sub plans, and so much more!

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. Honestly, your students will show success no matter how they use the main idea and supporting details activities!


Teachers like you said…

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This is great practice for determining main idea and identifying key details. It gives clear directions that are easy for everyone to follow and has a great layout that everyone understood. We were struggling with main idea and key details so we worked on this and it seemed to click for almost everyone. – Krystal V.


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Finding the main idea and supporting details is difficult for my students, but these passages were high-interest and the students enjoyed reading and completing the assignments. We were able to work in small groups and had some good conversations about a few new topics! The Google slides were easy to assign and for the students to complete. – Connie S.


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I was not in love with our reading curriculum, especially since their scope and sequence differed from our district/school’s pacing guide of teaching the RL/RI standards. So glad I found this supplemental resource for main idea and supporting details! Bonus that it’s fall-themed, which made it festive and engaging for my students. – Ashlyn W.


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I enjoyed using this packet of materials! It allowed my students to see main idea and the supporting details because we used our crayons to visually show this. I see that after using this many of my students added better details to their actual stories, too! That was an added bonus I did not expect! Thanks for a great variety of topics to reinforce this skill. – Jennifer O.


Main Idea and Supporting Details Activities Extension:

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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Purchase the Main Idea and Supporting Details Bundle to get this pack plus 4 more resources that build on the other. Each packet in the bundle gradually gets harder and scaffolded instruction of main idea takes place.


Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):





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