Lesson Plan

I Can Find the Main Idea

This flowery lesson has students filling in daisy-shaped graphic organizers with story details. Your young readers will love improving their comprehension skills with this lesson's creative activities.
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Being able to identify the main idea in a text is key to understanding what you read. In the lesson plan, I Can Find the Main Idea first graders will learn how to summarize short stories in one sentence. Using an outline of a daisy, children will write (or draw) the main idea of a story in the middle, and use the leaves to identify important details such as the setting, characters, and events. Recognizing the main idea is an important task for young readers to master and it helps increase their reading comprehension skills.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify the main idea and details of simple texts.


(15 minutes)
  • Begin by telling your students that you are going to read them a story.
  • Let them know while you are reading, you want them to think about the main idea of the story.
  • Help your students understand what a main idea of a story is by reading a short passage from one of your stories.
  • Ask the students to tell you in one sentence what the story was about. Tell them that the summary they're generating is the story's main idea.
  • Talk about student answers and discuss how to pick out the main idea.
  • Check for understanding before moving on. It may be necessary to try with another brief story to be sure students have a solid understand of finding the main idea