An activity for students to determine which of 2 related facts is a main idea and which is a supporting detail.
Finding the main idea of a text is a challenging and critical skill for students.
This teaching resource is a sorting activity that gives students practice determining the difference between a main idea and a supporting detail. Students will first find the two related sentences, then determine which column to place them in.
There are 2 separate resources included in the download, both of which work on the same skill. Each resource has a separate color scheme so they can be put into a reading centre and used by different groups of students. The sentences with a yellow background match the yellow mat, and the sentences with a blue background match the blue mat.
Print on card, cut out the sentence strips, and place them in a sealable bag with the corresponding mat. Attach hook and loop dots to the mat and the back of the sentence strips to make this more hands-on.
An answer sheet for both sets is included.
Australian Curriculum alignment
Identify characteristic features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the textElaborationsdescribing the language which authors use to create imaginary worlds; how textual features such as headings, subheadings...
Identify and explain characteristic text structures and language features used in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts to meet the purpose of the textElaborationsexplaining how the features of a text advocating community action, for example ...
Select, navigate and read texts for a range of purposes, applying appropriate text processing strategies and interpreting structural features, for example table of contents, glossary, chapters, headings and subheadingsElaborationsbringing subject and...
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