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Main Idea: Working Dogs
Main Idea: Working Dogs
Worksheet
Main Idea: Working Dogs
With this helpful resource, your students will use a graphic organizer to record the main idea and supporting details of a short text.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Video Games: Not Just for Fun
Video Games: Not Just for Fun
Worksheet
Video Games: Not Just for Fun
Develop reading comprehension with this video game passage. Ask your students to read the excerpt, then answer questions about the main ideas and details.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Making Comparisons with a Venn Diagram: Bessie Coleman and Mae Jemison
Making Comparisons with a Venn Diagram: Bessie Coleman and Mae Jemison
Worksheet
Making Comparisons with a Venn Diagram: Bessie Coleman and Mae Jemison
Students read short biographies of pilot Bessie Coleman and astronaut Mae Jemison, each a pioneer in her field. They then practice using a Venn diagram to compare the lives and accomplishments of each woman.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Structures #3: Description
Nonfiction Text Structures #3: Description
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Structures #3: Description
In this worksheet, children will learn to identify signal words and visuals that writers use when using description.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Writing a Nonfiction Summary: Sharks
Writing a Nonfiction Summary: Sharks
Worksheet
Writing a Nonfiction Summary: Sharks
Use this resource to read a nonfiction passage about sharks and write a summary.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Gross Symbiosis
Gross Symbiosis
Workbook
Gross Symbiosis
Nature documentaries might make the animal world seem graceful, but it's actually pretty gross! Explore all the icky, sticky and smelly things animals do to help each other survive in the wild.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
Find the Main Idea: The Moon
Find the Main Idea: The Moon
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: The Moon
Children learn about the moon, then practice finding and writing the main idea, in this literacy worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Inferences & Evidence
Inferences & Evidence
Worksheet
Inferences & Evidence
Students can use this graphic organizer to make inferences as they read fiction or nonfiction texts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Going Across the Deciduous Forest
Going Across the Deciduous Forest
Worksheet
Going Across the Deciduous Forest
Learn about the plants and animals that make deciduous forests their home, then complete the crossword puzzle.
4th grade
Science
Worksheet
Picture Walk: A Preview
Picture Walk: A Preview
Lesson Plan
Picture Walk: A Preview
Use pantomime performance to drive your students to predict, question, and cite main ideas. With this dramatic lesson plan, your class will craftily capture information on a graphic organizer to boost their reading comprehension!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Close Reading Annotations
Close Reading Annotations
Worksheet
Close Reading Annotations
Use this chocolate-themed exercise to introduce your students to close reading with annotations.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Read about and Discuss Historic Heroes
Read about and Discuss Historic Heroes
Lesson Plan
Read about and Discuss Historic Heroes
In this lesson plan, students will discuss characteristics of a hero and how to get information from texts to understand why a person is considered a hero. Partner discussions will help students have a deeper understanding.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Jazz Greats: Etta James
Jazz Greats: Etta James
Worksheet
Jazz Greats: Etta James
This worksheet on Etta James celebrates the legacy of this African American singer of soul and jazz.
4th grade
Fine arts
Worksheet
What's the Main Idea?
What's the Main Idea?
Worksheet
What's the Main Idea?
The main idea is the most important idea in a paragraph. With this worksheet, students will read the paragraphs carefully then circle the statement that best fits the paragraph's main idea.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Identifying Fact and Opinion
Identifying Fact and Opinion
Worksheet
Identifying Fact and Opinion
Are chickens cute? Do orcas eat seals? In this reading exercise, students will be challenged to differentiate between statements of fact and opinion.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Corner: Main Idea & Details Part 1
Reading Corner: Main Idea & Details Part 1
Worksheet
Reading Corner: Main Idea & Details Part 1
Reading comprehension strategies, such as identifying the main idea, help students focus on how to determine what the author is trying to say.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: A Female Freedom Fighter
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: A Female Freedom Fighter
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: A Female Freedom Fighter
Use this resource to practice comparing and contrasting key points and details between two texts. Your students will complete a graphic organizer to record the important information from two historical texts on the same topic.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Strategies: Making Connections
Reading Strategies: Making Connections
Worksheet
Reading Strategies: Making Connections
Use this resource with your students to practice relating to the text by making connections. Your students will practice making text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections as they read literature or informational text.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Unknown Words
Unknown Words
Lesson Plan
Unknown Words
Increase student comprehension by teaching your students strategies to figure out the meaning of unknown words. This lesson can be used as a stand alone activity or a support lesson for the Be a Nonfiction Detective lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
A Series of Events: The Water Cycle
A Series of Events: The Water Cycle
Worksheet
A Series of Events: The Water Cycle
Use this resource with your students to practice connecting key events in nature. They will read about the water cycle and note the steps in order that they occur.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Biography of Wangari Maathai
Biography of Wangari Maathai
Worksheet
Biography of Wangari Maathai
Children learn about the environmental activist and women's rights advocate Wangari Maathai. Students will read a biography about the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize and answer nonfiction comprehension questions about the text.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Local Government
Local Government
Worksheet
Local Government
Your young learner will discover the basics of local government with this worksheet all about municipalities.
3rd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
All About Misty Copeland
All About Misty Copeland
Worksheet
All About Misty Copeland
Use this nonfiction comprehension worksheet to help second and third graders learn all about Misty Copeland, the first African American woman to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.
2nd grade
Social studies
Worksheet
The Siege of Yorktown
The Siege of Yorktown
Worksheet
The Siege of Yorktown
Your young historian can step back in time and read about an important battle that helped to end the American Revolution.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Transition Words for Comparing & Contrasting
Transition Words for Comparing & Contrasting
Worksheet
Transition Words for Comparing & Contrasting
Students will use transition words to support understanding of comparing and contrasting.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet