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Finding The Main Idea - Comprehension Task (Turtles)

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A task to use when teaching your students reading comprehension strategies.

Use this comprehension task when teaching students how to find the main idea when reading. The task includes:

  • a comprehension passage about turtles
  • questions and activities
  • an answer sheet for teachers.

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Resource Pack This resource is part of the Comprehension Strategy Teaching Resource Pack - Finding the Main Idea. Download this resource and 10 other resources in the complete pack. View the pack...


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Common Core State Standards alignment

Grade 3 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

Grade 4 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

Grade 5 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.2
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

Grade 6 > English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Informational Text > Key Ideas and Details > CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.2
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


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