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Finding the Main Idea in Nonfiction Text Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 2 pages | Grades: 2 - 3

Identify supporting evidence for the main idea of an informational text passage and answer the comprehension questions.

This worksheet is best used as independent practice to support your reading comprehension lesson.

This is a single-page worksheet in which students will read a short informational text passage and choose the main idea from a multiple-choice list. They’ll then write a paragraph detailing the supporting evidence that helped them reach their conclusion. 

Through this activity, students will practice identifying the main idea and supporting evidence of a text, while honing the ability to retell key details.

Main Idea of Informational Text Worksheet: Scaffolding and Extension Tips 

In addition to individual student work time, use this worksheet as a:

Got fast finishers? Students who need a challenge can write their own short informational passage about a topic of their choosing. Students should be able to identify the main idea of their passage and the context clues that support the main idea.

Support students who are struggling with the passage using the I read, you read, we read model with a teacher or peer tutor.

A Variety of Ways to Prepare This Resource

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.  

You can also turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity! Print a few copies on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse. 

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.

Before You Download

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This resource was created by Allie Kleijnjans, a teacher in Pennsylvania and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 

 

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