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.

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Main Idea Worksheets and Lessons

Literature Lessons and Activities

Graphic Organizers

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Highlights

Summer
Summer is here! While most of your students will be on break from school for a few months, you can still engage their minds this summer. Try our summer reading suggestions, math and science worksheets, and cross-curricular resource packets to prepare kids for what the next school year will bring!

June Calendar of Events
June is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Eric Carle's Birthday (June 25, 1929) and Paul Bunyan Day (June 28). Plus, celebrate Dairy Month, Immigrant Heritage Month, Inventors Month, and LGBT Pride Month all June long!

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, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

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.