Main Idea Activities for 3rd Grade

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This asset includes activities for students to find the main idea in fiction, informational text, and peer writing. It also provides an activity for students to develop main idea statements for paragraph writing.

What's the Main Idea?

Determining the main idea of a piece of writing is a key skill to increase reading comprehension when handling both fiction and informational text. Clearly defining the main idea is also critical to producing clear, strong writing. As third graders make the transition from learning to read to using their reading as a fundamental method of gathering information, they need many opportunities to sharpen their skills at finding and clarifying main ideas. These activities will add to your arsenal of options for teaching students to work with main ideas.

Activity: Story Pieces

Objective: Determine the main idea in a story segment.

Materials: A short story divided into sections, each section containing one main event

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