Main Ideas &
Supporting Details
What is a “Main Idea?”

The main idea of a
paragraph is what all the
sentences are about.
What are Supporting Details?
Supporting details help you to better
understand the main idea.
Supporting details answer the...
There once was
a boy who had
weird parents.
No matter how
many times he told
them not to, the
weird parents did
weird thin...
There once was
a boy who had
weird parents.
No matter how
many times he told
them not to, the
weird parents did
weird thin...
The weird
mother always
talked about the
boy as if he
wasn’t there.
“My son has a belly
button that sticks
out. No one els...
The weird
mother always
talked about the
boy as if he
wasn’t there.
“My son has a belly
button that sticks
out. No one els...
And the weird
father always
asked the boy to do
something silly.
“Walk like a
chicken,” he’d say.
Of course the boy
wouldn...
And the weird
father always
asked the boy to
do something
silly.
“Walk like a
chicken,” he’d say.
Of course the boy
wouldn...
Why do we need
supporting details?
 Supporting details help you get a better picture
of the story.
 They give you more i...
What main idea can you see
going on here?
What details support that idea?
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Main ideas supporting details for Third Grade

  1. 1. Main Ideas & Supporting Details
  2. 2. What is a “Main Idea?” The main idea of a paragraph is what all the sentences are about.
  3. 3. What are Supporting Details? Supporting details help you to better understand the main idea. Supporting details answer the questions of who, what, when and where.
  4. 4. There once was a boy who had weird parents. No matter how many times he told them not to, the weird parents did weird things whenever they went out into the world.
  5. 5. There once was a boy who had weird parents. No matter how many times he told them not to, the weird parents did weird things whenever they went out into the world.
  6. 6. The weird mother always talked about the boy as if he wasn’t there. “My son has a belly button that sticks out. No one else in our family has one like it.”
  7. 7. The weird mother always talked about the boy as if he wasn’t there. “My son has a belly button that sticks out. No one else in our family has one like it.”
  8. 8. And the weird father always asked the boy to do something silly. “Walk like a chicken,” he’d say. Of course the boy wouldn’t, so the weird father did it instead.
  9. 9. And the weird father always asked the boy to do something silly. “Walk like a chicken,” he’d say. Of course the boy wouldn’t, so the weird father did it instead.
  10. 10. Why do we need supporting details?  Supporting details help you get a better picture of the story.  They give you more information.  This information helps you understand what you are reading.
  11. 11. What main idea can you see going on here?
  12. 12. What details support that idea?
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