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Teaching Main Idea and Supporting Details

This collection of graphic organizers, lessons, and worksheets will help students learn to identify the main idea of a story and the details that support it. These activities cover creative writing, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They support CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2. Many of the printables are customizable, so that you can type into the PDF before printing to help tailor it to your needs.

Main Idea and Supporting Details Web Fishbone Map Main Idea and Supporting Details Horse Organizer

Main Idea Worksheets and Lessons

Literature Lessons and Activities

Graphic Organizers

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Highlights

Earth Day
Kids love hearing about the Earth and ways we can be better to our environment! We've gathered some great resources to help you celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with your class. Some of our most popular activities include this Pollution Matching Worksheet, Recycling Videos and Activities, and Renewable and Non-renewable Energy Worksheet, Recycled Art Lesson Plan, and a Trash & Climate Change Activities Packet!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

April Calendar of Events
April is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/10-16), Passover Begins (4/22), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), and International Dance Day (4/20). Plus, celebrate Math Education Month, Poetry Month, Garden Month, School Library Month all April long!

Coding & Computer Science
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, and Hour of Code resources make a great introduction to the computer science skills all students will benefit from.