Identifying the Main Idea in Fiction

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Find the Main Idea: Shark
Find the Main Idea: Shark
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: Shark
Kids will learn about sharks as they read this short and informative worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Main Idea of a Story Worksheet
Main Idea of a Story Worksheet
Worksheet
Main Idea of a Story Worksheet
This main idea worksheet guides your child through reading comprehension practice. Download today to get started!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Main Idea Multiple Choice
Main Idea Multiple Choice
Worksheet
Main Idea Multiple Choice
Readers practice identifying the main idea in works of nonfiction in this two-page reading comprehension worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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.
3rd 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.
Kindergarten
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.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Story of Hanukkah for Children
Story of Hanukkah for Children
Worksheet
Story of Hanukkah for Children
This one page printable features the Hanukkah story for kids in a very short version.
Preschool
Social studies
Worksheet
Informational Text 1
Informational Text 1
Guided Lesson
Informational Text 1
Now that reading skills are more developed, second graders will move on to comprehension of informational text. This guided lesson supports this through an exploration of the main idea of a text, as well as the other text features, such as: captions, photographs, maps headings, subheadings, glossary, index, icons and graphs. Kids will look at two texts that cover the same topic, but in different ways.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
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.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Workbook
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Week 1 of our Third Grade Fall Review Packet features 5 days of learning activities designed to prepare students for their third grade year. 
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
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
Learning About the Ocean
Learning About the Ocean
Worksheet
Learning About the Ocean
Learners will practice identifying the main idea and supporting in works of nonfiction texts as they learn about the ocean.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: Butterflies
Find the Main Idea: Butterflies
Worksheet
Find the Main Idea: Butterflies
Children learn about the ways that butterflies like the viceroy and buckeye avoid predators in this engaging reading comprehension worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Informational Reading Comprehension: Baobab, Tree of Life
Informational Reading Comprehension: Baobab, Tree of Life
Worksheet
Informational Reading Comprehension: Baobab, Tree of Life
Discover why an odd-looking tree is known as Africa’s "tree of life" with this reading comprehension worksheet.
6th 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
Math
Lesson Plan
First Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
First Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Workbook
First Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Week 1 of our Fall Review Packet offers 5 days of activities in reading, writing, and math for children entering first grade.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Nonfiction Reading Comprehension: History of the Candle
Nonfiction Reading Comprehension: History of the Candle
Worksheet
Nonfiction Reading Comprehension: History of the Candle
Learn all about the history of candles with this two-page nonfiction reading worksheet!
6th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Workbook
Second Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Get Week 5 of our independent study packet resources for second graders.
2nd grade
Fine arts
Workbook
Get Ready for Second Grade
Get Ready for Second Grade
Workbook
Get Ready for Second Grade
This workbook is packed with worksheets that will help students practice the core concepts featured in the second grade curriculum, from word study and math to reading and writing.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
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
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Prepare learners for their fifth grade year with the help of this Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Help children prepare for their fourth grade debut with Week 1 of our Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Week 3 of our Third Grade Fall Review Packet features five more days of learning activities designed to prepare students for their third grade year.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Compare and Contrast: Platypus
Compare and Contrast: Platypus
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast: Platypus
In this worksheet, students will read two different passages about the platypus. Kids will compare and contrast the passages, and identify the main ideas.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet

Identifying the Main Idea in Fiction

Does your child have trouble understanding the main points of non-fiction? Education.com offers worksheets and lesson plans on everything from sea creatures to science. With gentle and structured guidance on the process of reading a text and asking follow-up questions, your child will soon figure out the main topic all by herself. For more advanced readers, check out our characters, setting, and events in fiction texts resources.

Get the Gist: Resources on Identifying the Main Topic in Nonfiction

Most books and articles have multiple themes but one central topic. The Learning Library’s resources on identifying the main topic in nonfiction help students cut through the weeds and discover what’s most important. There are printable worksheets, comprehensive workbooks, alluring hands-on activities, and teacher-created lesson plans that are focused specifically on pinpointing the big picture.

Many of the worksheets are composed with interesting excerpts—like the popular Video Games: Not Just for Fun challenge—that ask follow-up questions to help students determine the text’s main point. Other worksheets hone reading comprehension while introducing students to overlooked characters in history, such as Madam C.J. Walker who was born to slaves and yet became the first woman to earn a million dollars in the U.S.

A mix of lesson plans that serve a variety of age levels is available in the resource center. Highly-rated examples include Activist Heroes, where students determine the main topic by reading excerpts about leaders in history such as Frederick Douglass. Another popular worksheet, Super Survival Skills, assigns students to reiterate excerpts on outdoor survival.

These lessons along with the interactive hands-on activities ensure students of all grade levels get the gist.