Identifying the Main Idea in Fiction

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Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Workbook
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Get Week 5 of our independent study packet resources for second graders.
2nd grade
Fine arts
Workbook
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Workbook
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Week 1 of our Third Grade Fall Review Packet features 5 days of learning activities designed to prepare students for their third grade year. 
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Find the Main Idea: Shark
Find the Main Idea: Shark
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: Shark
Kids will learn about sharks as they read this short and informative worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Main Idea of a Story Worksheet
Main Idea of a Story Worksheet
Worksheet
Main Idea of a Story Worksheet
This main idea worksheet guides your child through reading comprehension practice. Download today to get started!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Sink or Float
Sink or Float
Lesson Plan
Sink or Float
Introduce your students to the scientific concept of sink or float. This hands-on experiment allows them to see which objects sink and which float. The concepts taught will be solidified with the completion of worksheets.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Main Idea: It's in the Bag!
Main Idea: It's in the Bag!
Lesson Plan
Main Idea: It's in the Bag!
Help your class grasp the concept of "main idea" with this fun, hands-on lesson. Students will dive into mystery bags full of supportive detail clues to determine the main idea of each bag.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
First Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
First Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Workbook
First Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Week 1 of our Fall Review Packet offers 5 days of activities in reading, writing, and math for children entering first grade.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Prepare learners for their fifth grade year with the help of this Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Informational Text 1
Informational Text 1
Guided Lesson
Informational Text 1
Now that reading skills are more developed, second graders will move on to comprehension of informational text. This guided lesson supports this through an exploration of the main idea of a text, as well as the other text features, such as: captions, photographs, maps headings, subheadings, glossary, index, icons and graphs. Kids will look at two texts that cover the same topic, but in different ways.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Get Ready for Second Grade
Get Ready for Second Grade
Workbook
Get Ready for Second Grade
This workbook is packed with worksheets that will help students practice the core concepts featured in the second grade curriculum, from word study and math to reading and writing.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
The Ocean
The Ocean
Worksheet
The Ocean
This short nonfiction text will teach students about the ocean, and includes questions to help students identify the author’s point of view and purpose for writing the text by focusing on important vocabulary words that support the main idea.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Text
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Text
Lesson Plan
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction Text
Use this lesson to help your students learn how to find the main idea and details in a nonfiction text using a graphic organizer for support.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Graphic Organizer Template: Bubble Map
Graphic Organizer Template: Bubble Map
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Bubble Map
Teachers can use this general organizer template for main idea and details, pre-writing, word analysis, brain dumps, concept mapping, background knowledge collection, and more.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Plant Parts
Plant Parts
Workbook
Plant Parts
Explore the parts of a plant and the stages of life it goes through. Then try your hand at germinating seeds as you introduce your little bud to important plant processes like photosynthesis.
1st grade
Science
Workbook
Main Idea Multiple Choice
Main Idea Multiple Choice
Worksheet
Main Idea Multiple Choice
This exercise gives your student practice identifying a main idea and supporting details in short texts.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
In Search of the Main Idea
In Search of the Main Idea
Lesson Plan
In Search of the Main Idea
Young learners will love finding the main ideas in short informational texts. Featuring a bunch of fun worksheets, this lesson will help students learn about different topics while improving their reading skills.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Flightless Birds Reading Comprehension
Flightless Birds Reading Comprehension
Game
Flightless Birds Reading Comprehension
Kids show off their reading comprehension skills with this quiz, written to recall details from the informational text Flightless Birds.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Symbiotic Relationships Reading Comprehension
Symbiotic Relationships Reading Comprehension
Game
Symbiotic Relationships Reading Comprehension
How many legs does a pistol shrimp have? Kids answer questions about Symbiotic Relationships in this reading comprehension quiz.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Activity
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Children research and make a timeline of an inspiring woman in this biography activity.
2nd grade
Social studies
Activity
Identifying the Main Idea & Details
Identifying the Main Idea & Details
Worksheet
Identifying the Main Idea & Details
As your students complete this reading comprehension exercise, they will learn about their lungs while practicing active reading skills.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Main Idea and Details
Graphic Organizer Template: Main Idea and Details
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Main Idea and Details
Use this graphic organizer to help students identify and record the main idea and details of a text.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Close Reading: Introduction
Close Reading: Introduction
Lesson Plan
Close Reading: Introduction
Help your students absorb the details of a text and make inferences about what they read with the strategy of close reading. By reading closely, students will become better able to understand complex themes and nuances in a text.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Life Cycles
Life Cycles
Workbook
Life Cycles
In this life science packet kids will cut and paste various forms of insects, mammals and more, learning the similarities and differences of living things during stages of life.
2nd grade
Science
Workbook
Animals of the World
Animals of the World
Workbook
Animals of the World
The world is full of amazing creatures! Learn about a few from around the globe, as your child hones reading skills in this fact-filled workbook.
2nd grade
Science
Workbook
Simple Machines
Simple Machines
Workbook
Simple Machines
Did you know there are 6 simple machines that make up every complicated gizmo out there? This book introduces the pulley, the lever, the screw, the wedge, the inclined plane and the wheel & axle.
2nd grade
Science
Workbook

Identifying the Main Idea in Fiction

Does your child have trouble understanding the main points of non-fiction? Education.com offers worksheets and lesson plans on everything from sea creatures to science. With gentle and structured guidance on the process of reading a text and asking follow-up questions, your child will soon figure out the main topic all by herself. For more advanced readers, check out our characters, setting, and events in fiction texts resources.

Get the Gist: Resources on Identifying the Main Topic in Nonfiction

Most books and articles have multiple themes but one central topic. The Learning Library’s resources on identifying the main topic in nonfiction help students cut through the weeds and discover what’s most important. There are printable worksheets, comprehensive workbooks, alluring hands-on activities, and teacher-created lesson plans that are focused specifically on pinpointing the big picture.

Many of the worksheets are composed with interesting excerpts—like the popular Video Games: Not Just for Fun challenge—that ask follow-up questions to help students determine the text’s main point. Other worksheets hone reading comprehension while introducing students to overlooked characters in history, such as Madam C.J. Walker who was born to slaves and yet became the first woman to earn a million dollars in the U.S.

A mix of lesson plans that serve a variety of age levels is available in the resource center. Highly-rated examples include Activist Heroes, where students determine the main topic by reading excerpts about leaders in history such as Frederick Douglass. Another popular worksheet, Super Survival Skills, assigns students to reiterate excerpts on outdoor survival.

These lessons along with the interactive hands-on activities ensure students of all grade levels get the gist.