Main Idea Mania! Freebie and Giveaway :)

My report cards are done!!! HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF! We run on trimesters, and the 2nd trimester ended last Friday. Before you get all jealous of me that I only have to do report cards 3x a year, I also have to do progress reports every six weeks, meaning I give six reports a year to my students' families. It's not as bad as it sounds... :)

Anyway... We've been working on determining importance and main idea in nonfiction texts for the past few weeks. These skills are SO TOUGH! Identifying key details as well as main idea is a Common Core Standard at all grade levels. I teach reading using the Daily 5 model in my classroom, so I needed something that was meaningful, yet short and explicit. I was looking for concise, yet grade-level appropriate texts and graphic organizers to apply the new knowledge. I went on a search for some resources and came up empty :( So I made my own!
Click on the image above to see it in my TpT store!
This scaffolded unit will take your students step by step through the processes of identifying the interesting details versus the important information, identifying key details {who, what, where, when, why, how}, determining main idea in pictures and in text, and determining the details that support the main idea.

This resource contains: 
* teaching posters for interesting details, important information, wh-questions, main idea, and supporting details
* 5 circle maps and coordinating writing paper for each map
* 8 nonfiction passages to practice determining Main Idea and Supporting Details
* 8 graphic organizers for use with any text

Here are some of the pages!

Of course I had to do a hippo! :)

I am seriously so, so, SO excited about this!!! I used all of these materials in my classroom, so they are "kid tested, teacher approved!" The scaffolding of the lessons/activities laid a strong foundation for identifying main idea. My students at the end of this unit not only understood what main idea was, but they are able to identify the main idea and supporting details of texts with no problems at all! In all honesty, I've never had a class who ROCKED at telling main idea like my current group of bunnies! :)

If you go to the listing on TpT and download the preview, I put a few freebies in there :) It's also on sale for 20% off through Sunday... Or you can try your luck and try to win a copy! Just leave me a comment below with your email address... I'd LOVE to give a few copies of away!

Alright I'm off to bed. I think this is the first time all week that I'm going to bed before 11:00! HA!



  1. Looks great!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  2. I can tell you put a lot of thought into this packet. It looks great and I know my kiddos could benefit from using it. I am going to have to put it on my wishlist.
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  3. Would love to be a winner! Main idea is always difficult for my students to grasp!

  4. Would love to win this!

  5. This is just what I need!

  6. This looks awesome Angela. I love the colors...and the Hippo! :)
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  7. This is great! I already put it on my wishlist! Nonfiction is something I am trying to use A LOT more lately! Thanks for the freebies attached in the preview...I will be using those today! :)

    Third Grade All Stars

  8. This is wonderful! I would love a copy of this! My email is

    Mindful Rambles

  9. I love what you've done in your main idea packet and would love to share it with my readers who struggle. Thanks so much.


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