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Finding the Main Idea with Non-Fiction Texts

For a Love of Teaching


  • Digital product, downloadable

Categories: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Reading, Writing
Product Type: Printable

Product Description

Get 20 different non-fiction passages that students can use to practice finding the main idea and supporting details. This product includes a variety of topics that children find interesting. It includes 20 non-fiction passages, suggestions for use, answer keys, and a recommended extension activity.

Finding the Main Idea with Non-Fiction Texts

This product comes with 20 different non-fiction passages that students can use to practice finding the main idea and supporting details. All answer keys are included! 

Topics Include: 
The Wonders of Water
Preventing Cavities
The Mystery of the Honey Bee
Presidential Pets
Super Brain
Lost in Time
Carnivorous Plants
Bubbling Observations
Fishy Facts
Tourist Attractions
Germy Situations
Brothers in Flight
Pioneer Families
Survival Tools
Rattling Facts
Planet Earth
Rocks and Minerals
Tiny Parts
Test Taking Tips
George's Teeth

Depending on how much your student(s) know about finding the main idea will depend on how you use these non-fiction reading passages. Third grade students (ages 8-9) may need modeling of the activity before completing one on their own. Fourth grade students (ages 9-10) should easily be able to find the main idea and supporting details after a brief introduction. Fifth grade students (ages 10-11) could use these passage to review previous skills on finding the main idea and supporting details.

Students not only have to be able to determine the main idea and supporting details, but they also need to be able to summarize text. Once students have completed one of these activities, you could have them use their web including the main idea and three supporting details to write a summary of the text.

These are also a great assessment tool!

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For a Love of Teaching
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For a Love of Teaching began in 2012 with a love and passion for creating high-quality teaching resources for myself and my classroom.  It quickly took off, and now I'm able to offer a variety of affordable products and free resources that makes teaching more effective and learning more fun.  I have 14 years of experience in the classroom.  I am passionate about creating rigorous and engaging products for teachers, parents, and home school educators alike.

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