Identifying the Main Idea in Nonfiction Printable Worksheets

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Find the Main Idea: Shark
Find the Main Idea: Shark
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Find the Main Idea: Shark
Kids will learn about sharks as they read this short and informative worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Main Idea Multiple Choice
Main Idea Multiple Choice
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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
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Main Idea & Details: Icebergs
Main Idea & Details: Icebergs
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Main Idea & Details: Icebergs
Students will identify the main idea and supporting details in a short nonfiction text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Where Are the Stars?
Informational Reading Comprehension: Where Are the Stars?
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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 two-page reading comprehension worksheet!
7th grade
Reading & Writing
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Find the Main Idea: Elephant
Find the Main Idea: Elephant
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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
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Graphic Organizer Template: Bubble Map
Graphic Organizer Template: Bubble Map
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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
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Baobab, Tree of Life
Informational Reading Comprehension: Baobab, Tree of Life
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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
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Main Idea: Working Dogs
Main Idea: Working Dogs
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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
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Discovering Kites
Informational Reading Comprehension: Discovering Kites
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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
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Find the Main Idea: Butterflies
Find the Main Idea: Butterflies
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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
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All About Mummies
All About Mummies
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All About Mummies
Unwrap the history behind a spooky Halloween favorite: mummies! With this reading worksheet, your child will learn all about mummies.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Learning About the Ocean
Learning About the Ocean
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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
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Extended Informational Reading Comprehension: Food Science
Extended Informational Reading Comprehension: Food Science
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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
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Find the Main Idea: The Moon
Find the Main Idea: The Moon
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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
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Video Games: Not Just for Fun
Video Games: Not Just for Fun
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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
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Informational Reading Comprehension: History of the Candle
Informational Reading Comprehension: History of the Candle
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Informational Reading Comprehension: History of the Candle
Learn all about the history of candles with this two-page nonfiction reading worksheet!
6th grade
Reading & Writing
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Find & Support the Main Idea: Dia de Los Muertos
Find & Support the Main Idea: Dia de Los Muertos
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Find & Support the Main Idea: Dia de Los Muertos
Children learn about Día de los Muertos as they practice finding and supporting the main idea in this nonfiction comprehension worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Finding Word Meaning: Context Clues & Text Features #2
Finding Word Meaning: Context Clues & Text Features #2
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Finding Word Meaning: Context Clues & Text Features #2
Learners practice using context clues to identify the meaning of new words in this language and vocabulary worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Extended Reading Comprehension: Funding Space Exploration
Extended Reading Comprehension: Funding Space Exploration
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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: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Informational Reading Comprehension: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Give your students experience with reading and analyzing primary sources with this powerful excerpt from the memoir of Frederick Douglass.
8th grade
Reading & Writing
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Find the Main Idea: Native American Foods
Find the Main Idea: Native American Foods
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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
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Compare and Contrast: Platypus
Compare and Contrast: Platypus
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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
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Writing Workout: Supporting the Main Idea
Writing Workout: Supporting the Main Idea
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Writing Workout: Supporting the Main Idea
Help your third grader stretch their writing muscles by selecting sentences that support a main idea, then penning a few of their own.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Artistic Swimming: One Tough Sport
Informational Reading Comprehension: Artistic Swimming: One Tough Sport
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Informational Reading Comprehension: Artistic Swimming: One Tough Sport
Get your feet wet with this one-page reading comprehension worksheet on the challenging sport of artistic swimming!
7th grade
Reading & Writing
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Historical Heroes: Eleanor Roosevelt
Historical Heroes: Eleanor Roosevelt
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Historical Heroes: Eleanor Roosevelt
Learn about Eleanor Roosevelt, the groundbreaking first lady known for her humanitarian work and for being the first U.S.delegate to the United Nations in 1942.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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