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
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 of a Story Worksheet
Main Idea of a Story Worksheet
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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
The Ocean
The Ocean
Worksheet
The Ocean
This short nonfiction text will teach students about the ocean, and includes questions to help students identify the author’s point of view and purpose for writing the text by focusing on important vocabulary words that support the main idea.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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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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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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: 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
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
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
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Graphic Organizer Template: Main Idea and Details
Graphic Organizer Template: Main Idea and Details
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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
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
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
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
Worksheet
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
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
Worksheet
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
Worksheet
What's the Main Idea?
What's the Main Idea?
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What's the Main Idea?
The main idea is the most important idea in a paragraph. With this worksheet, students will read the paragraphs carefully then circle the statement that best fits the paragraph's main idea.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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
Ada Lovelace Biography
Ada Lovelace Biography
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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
Nonfiction Comprehension: St. Johns River, Florida
Nonfiction Comprehension: St. Johns River, Florida
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Nonfiction Comprehension: St. Johns River, Florida
In this reading comprehension worksheet, children will learn about the St. Johns River, the longest river in Florida.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
History of Easter
History of Easter
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History of Easter
Ever wonder why we hunt for Easter eggs? Discover how this spring holiday was started with this interesting look at the history of Easter.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Finding the Main Idea: Madam C.J. Walker
Finding the Main Idea: Madam C.J. Walker
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Finding the Main Idea: Madam C.J. Walker
Children learn about Madam C.J. Walker, the first woman to become a self-made millionaire in the United States, in this Finding the Main Idea worksheet.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Interesting Animals: Bats
Interesting Animals: Bats
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Interesting Animals: Bats
Learn all about the interesting world of bats while practicing fluency and reading comprehension skills using this helpful nonfiction reading worksheet.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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

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.