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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
Informational Reading Comprehension: Biography of George Washington Carver
Informational Reading Comprehension: Biography of George Washington Carver
Worksheet
Informational Reading Comprehension: Biography of George Washington Carver
Read an informational passage about George Washington Carver to learn about his life and achievements!
6th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Informational Reading Comprehension: Where Are the Stars?
Informational Reading Comprehension: Where Are the Stars?
Worksheet
Informational Reading Comprehension: Where Are the Stars?
Read an enlightening passage about light pollution and learn ways to bring back the dark night skies in this three-page reading comprehension worksheet!
7th 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
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
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
Informational Reading Comprehension: Sustaining the World With Seaweed
Informational Reading Comprehension: Sustaining the World With Seaweed
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Sustaining the World With Seaweed
Students read all about seaweed and answer standards-based comprehension questions in this four-page reading comprehension worksheet.
7th grade
Science
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
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
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
Informational Reading Comprehension: Discovering Kites
Informational Reading Comprehension: Discovering Kites
Worksheet
Informational Reading Comprehension: Discovering Kites
In this seventh-grade ELA worksheet, students read a fascinating informational text about the history of kites and answer comprehension questions covering a variety of reading skills. 
6th 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
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
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
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
Nonfiction Graphic Organizer Template: Main Idea and Details
Nonfiction Graphic Organizer Template: Main Idea and Details
Worksheet
Nonfiction Graphic Organizer Template: Main Idea and Details
This graphic organizer template provides a helpful framework for young scholars as they begin to read to learn.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Extended Reading Comprehension: Funding Space Exploration
Extended Reading Comprehension: Funding Space Exploration
Worksheet
Extended Reading Comprehension: Funding Space Exploration
This four-page worksheet gives students a chance to engage deeply with a rigorous nonfiction text about government funding for space exploration.
7th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Informational Reading Comprehension: Biography of Thurgood Marshall
Informational Reading Comprehension: Biography of Thurgood Marshall
Worksheet
Informational Reading Comprehension: Biography of Thurgood Marshall
Introduce students to one of the leading figures of the United States civil rights movement with this reading comprehension worksheet all about Thurgood Marshall!
6th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Extended Informational Reading Comprehension: Food Science
Extended Informational Reading Comprehension: Food Science
Worksheet
Extended Informational Reading Comprehension: Food Science
Learn all about the fascinating field of food science in this four-page informational reading comprehension worksheet!
7th 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.
2nd grade
Social studies
Activity
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
Informational Reading Comprehension: Biography of Dorothea Dix
Informational Reading Comprehension: Biography of Dorothea Dix
Worksheet
Informational Reading Comprehension: Biography of Dorothea Dix
Introduce learners to the American advocate Dorothea Dix with this three-page informational reading comprehension 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
Video Games: Not Just for Fun
Video Games: Not Just for Fun
Worksheet
Video Games: Not Just for Fun
Develop reading comprehension with this video game passage. Ask your students to read the excerpt, then answer questions about the main ideas and details.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Search Identifying the Main Idea in Nonfiction Educational Resources

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.