Graphic Organizer: What's the Main Idea?

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A graphic organizer in the shape of a fish will get your students thinking! Have them read the non-fiction passages in the examples and work with them to name the main idea and help them to find supporting details by going back and re-reading the passage. Then choose a grade-level appropriate non-fiction passage for students to read. When they are finished ask them to fill out the graphic organizer. If necessary, you may ask some students to read the passage to your struggling readers, but all the students must be able to identify the main idea and supporting details from the text.

Teaching Tips

Use this resource on your interactive whiteboard.


- Use on your Interactive Whiteboard to teach and model finding the main idea and details in a story or article.


- Use the filled in organizer to model how to turn the main idea and details into a summary.


- Have students read an article or book individually or in groups and fill in the chart, then present information to theclass about their topic.


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