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Use this main idea slideshow when introducing or reviewing main idea and supporting details with your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students. It helps students think about how titles are related to the main idea, the difference between main idea and details, and how details should support the main idea.

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Main Idea and Details Practice
What kinds of details would you expect to find in
a book titled...
• The Sahara Desert
• Famous Athletes
• Growing up in the White House
• How Technology has Changed
Main Idea and Details Practice
Read the 4 statements below. Which statement is
the main idea? Which statements are the details?
If you need a guard dog, dachshunds are great at
barking at suspicious sounds.
Dachshunds have many great qualities that make
them the ideal pet.
Most dachshunds are lovable, loyal, and playful.
Dachshunds don’t shed very much, so they are easy
to clean up after.
Main Idea and Details Practice
Women’s gymnastics is a very popular
sport to watch during the Olympics. The
girls compete on 4 different events –
uneven bars, balance beam, vault, and
floor. Men’s gymnastics has six different
events. While the women’s floor routine is
to music, the uneven bars, balance beam,
and vault are not to music.
Read the paragraph below. Which sentence does
not support the main idea? How do you know?
Main Idea and Details Practice
Many different shapes are considered
quadrilaterals. A quadrilateral is any shape
that has 4 sides. A quadrangle is any shape
that has 4 angles. Squares, rectangles,
rhombi, and trapezoids are some examples
of quadrilaterals. Pentagons, hexagons, and
octagons are not considered quadrilaterals
because they do not have 4 sides.
Read the paragraph below. Which sentence does
not support the main idea? How do you know?
Main Idea and Details Practice
Violins and violas are very similar. Both
of them are string instruments that you
might find in an orchestra. You also could
find a cello in an orchestra. Violins and
violas both have 4 strings that you play by
using a bow or by plucking. Also, they are
both played by being held between the
shoulder and chin.
Read the paragraph below. Which sentence does
not support the main idea? How do you know?
Main Idea and Details Practice
Write a paragraph with the following main idea:
Following the rules at recess helps keep
everybody safe.
Include ONE detail in your paragraph that
does not belong. See if a partner can figure
out which detail doesn’t fit the main idea!

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Main idea slideshow

  • 1. Main Idea and Details Practice What kinds of details would you expect to find in a book titled... • The Sahara Desert • Famous Athletes • Growing up in the White House • How Technology has Changed
  • 2. Main Idea and Details Practice Read the 4 statements below. Which statement is the main idea? Which statements are the details? If you need a guard dog, dachshunds are great at barking at suspicious sounds. Dachshunds have many great qualities that make them the ideal pet. Most dachshunds are lovable, loyal, and playful. Dachshunds don’t shed very much, so they are easy to clean up after.
  • 3. Main Idea and Details Practice Women’s gymnastics is a very popular sport to watch during the Olympics. The girls compete on 4 different events – uneven bars, balance beam, vault, and floor. Men’s gymnastics has six different events. While the women’s floor routine is to music, the uneven bars, balance beam, and vault are not to music. Read the paragraph below. Which sentence does not support the main idea? How do you know?
  • 4. Main Idea and Details Practice Many different shapes are considered quadrilaterals. A quadrilateral is any shape that has 4 sides. A quadrangle is any shape that has 4 angles. Squares, rectangles, rhombi, and trapezoids are some examples of quadrilaterals. Pentagons, hexagons, and octagons are not considered quadrilaterals because they do not have 4 sides. Read the paragraph below. Which sentence does not support the main idea? How do you know?
  • 5. Main Idea and Details Practice Violins and violas are very similar. Both of them are string instruments that you might find in an orchestra. You also could find a cello in an orchestra. Violins and violas both have 4 strings that you play by using a bow or by plucking. Also, they are both played by being held between the shoulder and chin. Read the paragraph below. Which sentence does not support the main idea? How do you know?
  • 6. Main Idea and Details Practice Write a paragraph with the following main idea: Following the rules at recess helps keep everybody safe. Include ONE detail in your paragraph that does not belong. See if a partner can figure out which detail doesn’t fit the main idea!
  • 7. You might also like: Teaching Main Idea So Students Actually Understand 36 Questions for Teaching Main Idea Free Theme Slideshow Check out these no prep main idea activities. Graphics