Main Idea & Supporting Details with Graphic Organizers Print and Digital | BUNDLE
“WOW!! This product is by far one of my favorite purchases ever. So many stories, it almost feels never-ending but in the best way! -Ally C.”
Morning desk work, partner work, small group work, and homework just got easier! Having a variety of passages for a variety of skill levels right at your fingertips makes differentiating quick and easy! These short, to-the-point passages and graphic organizers help students pinpoint the main idea and find the supporting details.
When teaching main idea and supporting details, scaffolded instruction is KEY! It is important to start small and basic. These short, to-the-point passages and graphic organizers make it easy for students to pinpoint the main idea and find the supporting details. Practicing this strategy will help your students focus on identifying the main idea. Eventually, finding those important key details becomes much easier! As time goes on, your students will be able to explain how key details in a passage support the main idea.
Why this resource is helpful?
This resource begins with the main idea found in the first sentence of each passage. The supporting details are strategically placed throughout the text which allows students to spot them quickly and easily. Each seasonal packet gradually builds on the previous one and the main idea is no longer found in the first sentence. As students start mastering the skill of finding the main idea and supporting details, you can move on to the more difficult passages where the main idea and details are harder to find.
As you move throughout this resource, the main idea will be found in the second, third, or last sentence. This creates a scaffolded approach where the material gradually gets more difficult as students’ skills grow and develop. These texts push students to dig a little deeper to find the information they are looking for. You can use this resource throughout the entire school year to teach and reinforce main idea.
What’s included in this download?
This mega bundle of main idea practice comes with 92 PRINT & DIGITAL seasonal and non-seasonal nonfiction reading passages for the entire year! These short nonfiction texts, graphic organizers, and the scaffolded approach make them the perfect teaching tool to use to practice and reinforce the skill of finding the main idea and supporting details. The high interest and engaging topics make learning about main idea fun and interesting for students!
With this purchase, you will get 5 different resources to use all year long.
Main Idea & Supporting Details Beginner Packet (Print & Digital)
- 20 non-seasonal nonfiction passages
- main idea is found in the first sentence and supporting details are easy to find
- perfect for beginners just starting to learn how to find the main idea and supporting details
Fall Main Idea and Supporting Details (Print and Digital)
- 20 fall-themed, nonfiction passages
- main idea may be found in the first, second, or third sentence of the paragraph
- perfect for students who are still trying to master this skill but are ready to tackle harder texts
Christmas Main Idea and Supporting Details (Print and Digital)
- 20 fun, nonfiction Christmas-themed passages
- main idea may be found in the first, second, or last sentence of the paragraph
- perfect for students who are ready for more difficult passages where the main idea and details are harder to find
Winter Main Idea and Supporting Details (Print and Digital)
- 20 winter-themed nonfiction passages
- main idea may be found in the first, second, third, or last sentence of the paragraph
- perfect for students who have mastered the skill of finding the main idea and supporting details but need continued practice
Spring Main Idea and Supporting Details (Print and Digital)
- 20 spring-themed nonfiction passages
- main idea may be found throughout the text and details are strategically placed to be a bit more challenging
- perfect for summative assessments and test prep review
This resource is perfect for:
- whole group instruction
- diagnostic assessments
- skill review practice
- morning desk work
- formative assessments
- small group assignments
- partner work
- test prep review
- summative assessments
I love that this resource is print and digital. I have been able to use it both ways. It has been a big help in picking out the main idea and adding supporting details in our own words. This is a foundational skill that must be set in stone before we can move onto tougher tasks like summarizing and paraphrasing. – Megan B.
I use this activity for a center and it is amazing! It has helped my students recognize main idea and differentiate between the details. I absolutely love that it is compatible with Google Classroom! Thanks! – Shala P.
5 stars!!! This was a GREAT resource to use during my literacy extension time. It provided a daily review of finding Main Idea and Details in stories. This is a critical skill to master in third grade, and it is a skill we cover often throughout the school year. I used these materials the first couple of times we covered Main Idea, and I will use more of them for additional practice and when we revisit these standards in class. These materials can be used all year long! – Amy T.
I love the variety of passages. With all of passages, I can use some for teaching and others for independent work. The passages are engaging and interesting to my students. Thanks for such a complete and great resource!! – Jennifer S.
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 a passage 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.
RI.4.2 asks students to not only determine the main idea and supporting details but also summarize the text. Once students have completed each activity, you could have them use their graphic organizer to write a summary of the text.
This resource 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)
TOPICS INCLUDED: Main Idea and Supporting Details Beginner Packet
- The Wonders of Water
- Preventing Cavities
- The Mystery of the Honey Bee
- Presidential Pets
- Super Brain
- Lost in Time
- Carnivorous Plants
- Bubbling Observations
- Fishy Facts
- Tourist Attractions
- Germy Situations
- Brothers in Flight
- Pioneer Families
- Survival Tools
- Rattling Facts
- Planet Earth
- Rocks and Minerals
- Tiny Parts
- Test Taking Tips
- George’s Teeth
TOPICS INCLUDED: Fall Main Idea and Supporting Details
- Vibrant Colors
- Autumn Adaptations
- Seasons of Change
- Celebrating Veterans
- Amazing Lights
- Got the Blues?
- Frost Flowers
- Forever Green
- Sleepy Slumber
- Stirring Winds
- Ancient Celebrations
- Squirrely Facts
- Labor Day
- Migrating South
- Giving Thanks
- Harvest Moon
- Break Time
- Monarch Butterflies
- Pumpkins Everywhere
TOPICS INCLUDED: Christmas Main Idea and Supporting Details
Have you ever wondered?
- Why was Rudolph’s nose red?
- Who was St. Nick?
- Why do we say Merry Christmas?
- Why do we decorate a tree for Christmas?
- Why do we leave cookies and milk for Santa?
- Why do we wrap presents?
- Why do we hang ornaments on Christmas trees?
- Why do we decorate with Christmas lights?
- Why do we send Christmas cards?
- Why do we sing Christmas carols?
- How do other countries celebrate Christmas?
- Why do people kiss under mistletoe?
TOPICS INCLUDED: Winter Main Idea and Supporting Details
- Polar Bears
- Candy Canes
- Daylight Saving Time
- Emperor Penguins
- Woolly Worm Predictors
- Flying South
- Coldest Place on Earth
- Nap Time
- Warm Tummy
- Stuck to a Flagpole
- Static Electricity
- Salty Roads
- Snow Days
- Goose Bumps
- Good Germs
- Shivering Bees
- Chapped Lips
TOPICS INCLUDED: Spring Main Idea and Supporting Details
- 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
- Spring Has Sprung
This tiered resource makes it easy to work with a class on a variety of reading and skill levels. Simply copy the beginner’s passages for your lower-level students and grab a more difficult one for your high group. Each student can work on a passage that meets them right where they are. Having a variety of passages for a variety of skill levels right at your fingertips makes differentiating quick and easy!
The digital versions were created in Google Slides™ and are compatible with Google Classroom™.
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