Teaching Main Idea

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This is a collection of reading resources and teaching ideas for teaching main idea, including main idea anchor charts, main idea activities, and main idea mentor texts or read alouds.

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10 GREAT Activities to Teach Main Idea and Details

The main idea is defined as the central point or big picture of a story or informational text. The details are those statements that support (go along

Teaching reading online and need some digital reading resources? This post shares FREE digital graphic organizers for reading.

Free Digital Graphic Organizers for Grades 3-5

Teaching reading online and need some digital reading resources? This post shares FREE digital graphic organizers for reading.

Main Idea Mentor Texts: Fiction and Nonfiction Picture Books

Teaching Main Idea and need a strong mentor text to help? I have gathered six of my favorite fiction & nonfiction mentor texts for you to check out!

Reading centers are a perfect way to engage, motivate, and challenge your upper elementary students. Read this post for five reasons why. Also, grab a free reading center for 4th and 5th grades!

5 Reasons to Use Reading Centers in Upper Elementary (Free Reading Center Included) - Teaching with Jennifer Findley

This post explores the benefits of using reading centers in upper elementary and includes a free reading center.

Conversations from the Classroom: Using Scavenger Hunts to Teach Main Idea and Supporting Details

Teaching Main Idea and Supporting Details can be tough! Find out how online Scavenger Hunts can help students better understand this topic while having fun!

Free digital exit slips to use with any lesson! Use these digital exit tickets to see what your students have learned and allow them to self-reflect.

Free Digital Exit Slips for Any Lesson - Teaching with Jennifer Findley

Free digital exit slips to use with any lesson! Use these digital exit tickets to see what your students have learned and have them self-reflect.

Need tips and strategies for virtual reading instruction? Check out this post to see an example of a weekly structure that you can adapt and modify for you own virtual instruction.

Teaching Reading Virtually - Teaching with Jennifer Findley

Are you teaching reading virtually and looking for ideas and strategies? This post shares one way to structure your weekly digital reading instruction.

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Main Idea Activities

Puzzles are not just for primary grades or math. These main idea puzzles will not only allow your students to practice 4th/5th grade level main idea skills, but they will also be engaged with the novel format.Note: This main idea activity now includes DIGITAL reading puzzles as well as printable one...

Main idea is always a tricky concept for students to grasp! Distance learning makes it even more challenging. This set of fourth and fifth grade digital main idea activities can make it easier - and more fun! The printable versions are included for in-person teaching.

Digital Main Idea Activities for 4th & 5th

Main idea is always a tricky concept for students to grasp! Distance learning makes it even more challenging. This set of fourth and fifth grade digital main idea activities can make it easier - and more fun! The printable versions are included for in-person teaching.

Main idea is always a challenging concept for students to grasp, but main idea of non-fiction texts is even more difficult. Check out these three different ways to teach main idea in upper elementary!

Teaching Main Idea of Non-Fiction Texts

Main idea is always a challenging concept for students to grasp, but main idea of non-fiction texts is even more difficult. Check out these three different ways to teach main idea in upper elementary!

Main Idea and Details

This is a culmination of my own anchor charts, plus the best anchor charts that I could find online. This is a great place to find effective charts that get to the heart of what you are teaching in workshop. If you have a favorite chart that you'd like to add, please contact me! Also, if I have not properly given credit for an anchor chart, let me know so that I can fix it.

FREE reading activities for 4th and 5th grade! Need reading resources to supplement your reading instruction? Click through to get several FREE 4th and 5th grade reading activities and centers.

Free 4th and 5th Grade Reading Activities - Teaching with Jennifer Findley

Need reading resources to supplement your reading instruction? Click through to get several FREE 4th and 5th grade reading activities and centers.

A 5th grade teacher shares her introductory lesson to main idea, topic sentence, and key details.

Follow this fifth grade teacher as she gives step-by-step directions on how to introduce, practice, and master identifying multiple main ideas for a single text while identifying supporting details.

Save time grading give your students effective feedback with this FREE reading skills feedback bank. Copy and paste the feedback into your online learning platform to give your students specific feedback that improves their learning (and saves you time).

FREE Reading Skills Feedback Bank for Grades 4-5 - Teaching with Jennifer Findley

Save time grading + give your students effective feedback with this FREE reading skills feedback bank for 4th & 5th grade.

Nonfiction Main Idea - Teaching with a Mountain View

Are you looking for a new an exciting way to have your students work on identifying main idea in nonfiction texts? This is a super low-prep activity that I’ve had great success with for years! Have extra Time for Kids or Scholastic News pages cluttering your room? I have the perfect activity for you! (and ... Read more

Teaching Main Idea of Nonfiction Text *3 Different Ways*

Teaching main idea in grades 4-5 can be tricky. Read three ways to teach main idea on this post, with main idea anchor charts.