Finding the Main Idea Worksheets To Print:
How to Determine It
- We look at one of the classic science lessons in elementary school. You will need to provide supporting details. This is a good habit to get into.
The Big Idea - Read the short story about Albert Einstein and identify the main idea on
the lines. He sure was filled with ideas.
One Sentence or Less
- Sum up the paragraph in one sentence. These are written for a gap of grae levels.
Common First Words
- We use a web organizer here. Complete the figure with the main idea and four supporting ideas from the text.
Types of Flowers - You are provided a reading passage. You will break the thoughts that are expressed by the author into a visual graphic organizer to explain the elements of the story.
We Eat - Read the paragraph below and identify the main idea. Food is a great thing to talk about.
We all love our pets and friends. In this worksheet track where they go around. Why did the author write this?
- Sometimes the main motivation of a passage is stated right in the paragraph!
- This makes it easy for the reader to understand exactly what the
author is talking about.
- We talk about Teddy and Honest Abe. Read the following short biographies and tell us why they were written.
Sum It Up - Put
it all in a single sentence. Read each paragraph. In the boxes below, write one sentence to summarize what you have read.
- In the umbrella diagram, fill in the main idea and two supporting
details. People really like this worksheet a great deal.
My Sister's Room
- You can think of the main idea as the cover of an umbrella - it
is the big idea that covers the smaller details.
- Oscar and his family decided to enjoy an afternoon of bowling. This story then takes a hard turn.
A Thousand Words? - Look at each picture. Circle the sentence that tells what the picture is about.
Academic George - What details does the author use to develop their thought process?
One Offs - This is a rapid fire exercise in determining the main points that are in paragraph.
Springtime - Write a detail from the paragraph in each box.
Core Principles - What are the surronding thoughts that are brought about by that work.
Shine It - In one or two words, say what the text is mostly about.
Flexing Brain - What four things can you cite in a work that drive the main idea?
Needs Work - Read something that you have written previously. Choose
a paragraph that you think might need work.
Paragraph Picker - Using the pictures for clues, read each pair of
sentences. Each pair of sentences is from the same paragraph. Identify the essence of what is being said.
Reading Helper - These prompts will help you make sense of any body of work.
More Related Worksheet Topics:
Identifying Themes of Work - Themes is often a term that used interchangeably with this topic, but they are subtle differences between the two. Themes are more focused on the mood and emotional feel of the story. They are often the underlying message that are present.
Main Idea of Informational Text - The goal here is to master a nonfiction setting and find those facts or pieces of evidence that we can make our inferences from.
Summarizing or Paraphrasing - These are skills that will require a grammar review. I would encourage teachers to cover the grammatical structure when using quotes from dialogue.
Writing Main Ideas - We show you how to maintain the proper syntax and mechanics while performing this form of writing.