Main ideas supporting details for Third Grade

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  • 1. Main Ideas & Supporting Details
  • 2. What is a “Main Idea?” The main idea of a paragraph is what all the sentences are about.
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. What main idea can you see going on here?
  • 12. What details support that idea?