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Identifying the Main Idea in Fiction
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Main Idea: Working Dogs
Main Idea: Working Dogs
Worksheet
Main Idea: Working Dogs
Children will be inspired by the many ways dogs help their human companions in this nonfiction reading comprehension worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Bubble Map
Graphic Organizer Template: Bubble Map
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Bubble Map
Teachers can use this general organizer template for main idea and details, pre-writing, word analysis, brain dumps, concept mapping, background knowledge collection, and more.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Activity
Make a Timeline of an Influential Person
Children research and make a timeline of an inspiring woman in this biography activity.
4th grade
Social studies
Activity
Find the Main Idea: The Moon
Find the Main Idea: The Moon
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: The Moon
Children learn about the Moon, then practice finding and writing the main idea, in this literacy worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Identifying the Main Idea & Details
Identifying the Main Idea & Details
Worksheet
Identifying the Main Idea & Details
As your students complete this reading comprehension exercise, they will learn about their lungs while practicing active reading skills.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Main Idea and Details
Graphic Organizer Template: Main Idea and Details
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Main Idea and Details
Use this graphic organizer to help students identify and record the main idea and details of a text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
Lesson Plan
What's the Big Idea? Summarizing Nonfiction Texts
Understanding the big idea of a nonfiction text and being able to write a succinct summary are key fourth grade skills. This lesson focuses on summarizing a nonfiction passage in three to four sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Find the Main Idea: Elephant
Find the Main Idea: Elephant
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: Elephant
Kids put their reading comprehension skills to work as they write out the main idea and come up with their own concluding sentence for this paragraph.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
Lesson Plan
Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
Look at history! In this lesson, guide students through an exploration of the context, causes, and effects of the Transcontinental Railroad, and help them practice identifying the main idea and supporting details in a nonfiction text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Find the Main Idea: Native American Foods
Find the Main Idea: Native American Foods
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: Native American Foods
Children will discover more about the culinary history of early Americans as they practice practice identifying the main idea and supporting details.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Lesson Plan
Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense
Improve your students' comprehension of non-fictional reading through this lesson that teaches them about text features. Students will find their own text features and explain why they aid in the reading process.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Terrestrial Biomes
Terrestrial Biomes
Workbook
Terrestrial Biomes
A biome is a community of plants and animals that occupies a distinct region. In this great introductory overview, we explore the vocabulary, flora, and fauna of the world's biomes: tundra, taiga, grasslands, deciduous forest, chaparral, desert, savanna,
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Main Idea & Details: Icebergs
Main Idea & Details: Icebergs
Worksheet
Main Idea & Details: Icebergs
Students will identify the main idea and supporting details in a short nonfiction text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Using Text Features for Comprehension
Using Text Features for Comprehension
Lesson Plan
Using Text Features for Comprehension
Use this lesson to help your ELs use information from text features to better understand the text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson for the Text Features: Reading that Makes Sense lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Understand African American Spirituals
Understand African American Spirituals
Lesson Plan
Understand African American Spirituals
Spirituals have a long history in the United States, and often serve to strengthen and motivate people. Students will compare three types of spirituals from different time periods and share their understanding with their peers.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
Lesson Plan
Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech
In this lesson, Significance of "Let Freedom Ring" in MLK, Jr.'s Speech, students will be able to understand the allusion Martin Luther King, Jr. makes to the song "My Country 'Tis of Thee." Have students discuss allusions in this speech.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Searching for Text Features
Searching for Text Features
Lesson Plan
Searching for Text Features
This fun combination of scavenger hunt and bingo is sure to please young learners. Not only will your students increase their knowledge of text features, they'll also enjoy a selection of engaging games.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Gross Symbiosis
Gross Symbiosis
Workbook
Gross Symbiosis
Nature documentaries might make the animal world seem graceful, but it's actually pretty gross! Explore all the icky, sticky and smelly things animals do to help each other survive in the wild.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
Nonfiction Main Idea
Nonfiction Main Idea
Lesson Plan
Nonfiction Main Idea
Let's get reading! In this lesson, students will identify the main idea and details of a nonfiction text. Use this on its own or as support for the lesson Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Read about and Discuss Historic Heroes
Read about and Discuss Historic Heroes
Lesson Plan
Read about and Discuss Historic Heroes
In this lesson plan, students will discuss characteristics of a hero and how to get information from texts to understand why a person is considered a hero. Partner discussions will help students have a deeper understanding.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Reading to Find the Main Idea and Details
Reading to Find the Main Idea and Details
Lesson Plan
Reading to Find the Main Idea and Details
Informational texts isn't just found in textbooks. In this reading lesson, kids will examine the writing of a middle school student and use it to learn more about main ideas and supporting details.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction
Lesson Plan
Main Idea and Details in Nonfiction
In this lesson, students will identify nouns and pronouns as they distinguish between the main idea and supporting details. It may be taught on its own or used as support for the lesson Compare and Contrast Texts on the Same Topic.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Reading Corner: Main Idea & Details Part 1
Reading Corner: Main Idea & Details Part 1
Worksheet
Reading Corner: Main Idea & Details Part 1
Reading comprehension strategies, such as identifying the main idea, help students focus on how to determine what the author is trying to say.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Hey! What’s the Big Idea?
Hey! What’s the Big Idea?
Lesson Plan
Hey! What’s the Big Idea?
Your students will practice searching for clues to uncover the main idea and supporting details in nonfiction texts about John Muir and Day of the Dead traditions around the world.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Ada Lovelace Biography
Ada Lovelace Biography
Worksheet
Ada Lovelace Biography
Children read about Ada Lovelace, whose ideas are still used in computing today, in this biography worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet