Main Idea 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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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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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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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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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
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
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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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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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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Analyzing Poetry: Jabberwocky
Analyzing Poetry: Jabberwocky
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Analyzing Poetry: Jabberwocky
Introduce students to the classic poem “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll with this seventh-grade reading comprehension worksheet!
7th 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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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
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Taking Notes With Informational Texts: Central Idea and Key Details
Taking Notes With Informational Texts: Central Idea and Key Details
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Taking Notes With Informational Texts: Central Idea and Key Details
Use this graphic organizer to give students an opportunity to practice identifying the central idea of a text using key details.
6th 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
Worksheet
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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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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Identify Themes in Literature: Graphic Organizer
Identify Themes in Literature: Graphic Organizer
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Identify Themes in Literature: Graphic Organizer
What does it all mean? In this sixth-grade worksheet, students will practice using text evidence to identify the theme of a story they've read recently.
6th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biography
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biography
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biography
In this biography worksheet, children are introduced to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who in 1993 became the second female Justice of the Supreme Court in the United States.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
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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Missing the Main Topic: Sea Turtles
Missing the Main Topic: Sea Turtles
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Missing the Main Topic: Sea Turtles
Help your kindergarten students identify the main topic and key ideas in nonfiction texts using this fun sea turtle-themed worksheet.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Interesting Animals: Whales
Interesting Animals: Whales
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Interesting Animals: Whales
Learn all about the interesting world of the whale while practicing fluency and reading comprehension skills using this helpful nonfiction reading worksheet.
Kindergarten
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
Worksheet
Why Do We Vote?
Why Do We Vote?
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Why Do We Vote?
This social studies worksheet is a great way to encourage the next generation to understand the value and impact of voting while helping learners practice reading comprehension strategies.
1st grade
Social studies
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Main Idea Worksheets

Finding the main idea is the most important reading comprehension skill kids will learn, and it requires lots of reinforcement. Our main idea worksheets keep kids engaged with fun and interesting reading passages carefully selected for each grade. Take a look at other fourth grade worksheets to practice additional comprehension skills.

What is the Main Idea?

Downloading and printing the above main idea worksheets are a surefire way to gain practice with finding the main idea in a story. From nonfiction passages about animals to summaries of classic tales, the focus here is on exposure to a wide range of texts. Reading comprehension worksheets with questions that challenge kids to think deeply about the ideas presented in a text will help build analytical skills. Here are some additional strategies for helping kids find the main idea in a story:
  • Make sure students have a strong understanding of categorization and basic reasoning skills; they should understand that all apples are fruits, but not all fruits are apples. This will cue their brain to sort out the main idea from the other information presented in a text.
  • Introduce kids to two of the most important words in the world of reading comprehension: "Who" and "What". If they can answer who the story is about and what the story is about, they are well on their way to finding out the main idea.
  • Especially for visual learners, analyzing the title and pictures that go along with a story is a great way for kids to learn how to focus in on the main idea.