Are you looking for a new an exciting way to have your students work on identifying main idea in nonfiction texts? This is a super low-prep activity that I’ve had great success with for years!
Have extra Time for Kids or Scholastic News pages cluttering your room? I have the perfect activity for you! (and if you have neither, you can easily go to scholasticnews.com or a similar site and print off kid friendly articles, like I did, for this project!)
My kids usually do fairly well determining the main idea of a fiction passage or story using the poster I shared HERE. Determining the main idea of non-fiction articles and books becomes a little bit more tricky for some of my students. Although I do eventually teach the 5 “W”s when we move into summarizing, I initially introduce nonfiction main idea with this concept.
|Main Idea Anchor Chart|
|Main Idea Activity|
|Main Idea vs. Theme|