Teaching Resource

Main Idea or Supporting Detail? – Sorting Activity

$0.99 or Free on Plus | 6 pages (PDF)|Grades: 4 - 6

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 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 center 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 cardstock, 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.

  Common Core Curriculum alignment

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